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The Equality Act 2010 introduced a Single Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) that applies to all public bodies including maintained schools. In carrying out their functions, public bodies are required to have regard to:
Eliminate discrimination and other conduct prohibited by the act.
Advance equality of opportunity between people.
Foster good relationships across all characteristics.
To further the general duty the Government also introduced new specific duties which require schools to:
Publish information to demonstrate how they are complying with the Public Sector Equality Duty
Prepare and publish equality objectives.
The Headteacher, Senior Leadership Team and Governing Body at St Maxentius Church of England Primary School regularly review the progress we are making to meet our equality objectives with regard to different groups (race, gender, disability, gender re-assignment, age, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, belief and maternity) under the Equality Act (2010)
St Maxentius Equality Objectives:
To ensure that all learners have equal access to a rich, broad, balanced and relevant curriculum.
To ensure that teaching and learning promotes equity, celebrates diversity and promotes community cohesion.
To ensure that no-one is unfairly or illegally disadvantaged as a consequence of their gender, colour, race, age, ethnic or national origin, disability or religious beliefs.
To recognise, celebrate diversity within our community whilst promoting community cohesion.
To ensure that those with management responsibility and individual staff accept responsibility for planning, organisation and delivery of appropriate educational material to ensure that this policy for equity and diversity is woven into all we do.
To ensure that learners and parents are fully involved in the provision made by the school.
To ensure that within the school budget appropriate funding is provided to underpin this policy.
The school ensures it has due regard to equality considerations whenever significant decisions are made.
The school always considers the impact of significant decisions on particular groups. For example, when a school trip or activity is being planned, the school considers whether the trip:
Cuts across any religious holidays
Is accessible to pupils with disabilities
Has equivalent facilities for boys and girls
The school keeps a written record (known as an Equality Impact Assessment) to show we have actively considered our equality duties and asked ourselves relevant questions. This is recorded at the same time as the risk assessment when planning school trips and activities. The record is completed by the member of staff organising the activity and is stored electronically with the completed risk assessment.
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