St Brigid’s RC Primary School
Public Sector Equality Duty
This policy has been developed within the spirit and context of our Mission Statement
Our school aims to meet its obligations under the public sector equality duty by having due regard to the need to:
Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
Foster good relations across all characteristics – between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
What is the Public Sector Equality Duty (the PSED)?
The Equality Act 2010 introduced a single, general duty for public bodies, including schools, and which extends to all ‘protected characteristics’ – race, disability, sex, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity and gender reassignment.
This document meets the requirements under the following legislation:
The Equality Act 2010, which introduced the public sector equality duty and protects people from discrimination
The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011, which require schools to publish information to demonstrate how they are complying with the public sector equality duty and to publish equality objectives
This document is also based on Department for Education (DfE) guidance: The Equality Act 2010 and schools.
The governing board will:
Ensure that the equality information and objectives as set out in this statement are published and communicated throughout the school, including to staff, pupils and parents, and that they are reviewed and updated at least once every four years
Delegate responsibility for monitoring the achievement of the objectives on a daily basis to the headteacher
The headteacher will:
Promote knowledge and understanding of the equality objectives amongst staff and pupils
Monitor success in achieving the objectives and report back to governors
All school staff are expected to have regard to this document and to work to achieve the objectives as set out in section 8.
4. How does St Brigid’s comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty?
The school has a range of policies which make explicit the school’s long established commitment to actively promoting equality of opportunity for all. The main policies that deal with equality of opportunity are:
St Brigid’s prides itself on being an inclusive school that cares for every individual child. In doing so, we promote and deliver a range of strategies to ensure that we comply to the Public Sector Equality Duty. Some of these are;
Active promotion of British Values.
Active promotion of the St Brigid’s Behaviour policy
Active promotion of the Gospel values whilst remaining inclusive
Assemblies to explore and deal with relevant issues; including CAFOD assemblies to support social teachings
CARITAS in action half termly days in each class – developing social teaching and learning
Fundraising for many charities
World Religion days – promoting mutual respect and tolerance
Taking steps to meet the needs of individuals – for example, withdrawal from prayer and worship. Friendship groups
Monitoring and evaluating the attainment and progress of all pupils; looking at the performance of particular groups who share a protected characteristic to compare their performance with those who do not share it.
Interventions to maximise the progress of all groups of children
Encouraging children who have a particular character to participate fully in all activities – for example, after school clubs, sport lunchtimes, choir
Service level agreement with a counselling service
Service level agreement with Play therapy
Curriculum trips that meets the needs of all children
Restorative justice – supporting any tensions between different groups of pupils within the school
Global Policing service level agreement; supporting our work with groups of children, our behaviour policy and working with our community.
Supporting all staff and children to reach their potential
Under the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) the school is required to set Equality Objectives.
Our published information must be updated annually and objectives published at least once every four years.
Objective 1: To narrow the gap between the progress made by ‘all’ children and that made by girls in Key Stage 2 Mathematics.
Objective 2: Train all members of staff and governors on equal opportunities and non-discrimination by the beginning of the next academic year. Training evaluation data will show that 100% of those attending have a good understanding of the legal requirements.
Objective 3: To ensure that future reviews of all school policies include information about and links to PSED
Objective 5: Adopting a whole-school approach which will provide staff with formal guidance on how to deal with homophobia in school.
Agreed February 2018
Next Review February 2019