Public Sector Equality Duty Aims and Objectives
Rode Heath Primary School
Public Sector Equality Duty
Our school aims to meet its obligations under the public sector equality duty by having due regard for 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.
Legislation and guidance
This document meets the requirements under the following legislation:
- The Equality Act 2010, which introduced the public sector equality dutyand 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 dutyand to publish equality objectives
This document is also based on Department for Education (DfE) guidance: The Equality Act 2010 and schools.
Roles and responsibilities
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
- Delegate responsibility for monitoring the achievement of the objectives on a daily basis to the headteacher
The SLT will:
- Promote knowledge and understanding of the equality objectives amongst staff and pupils
- Monitor success in achieving the objectives and report back to governors
- Ensure there is an annual focus on one of the nine protected characteristics
How does Rode Heath comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty?
The school has a range of policies which make explicit the school’s commitment to actively promoting equality of opportunity for all. The main policies that deal with equality of opportunity are:
- British Values
- SMSC Policy
- Accessibility Policy
- Equality and Diversity policy
- SEND policy
- Behaviour and policy
- Religious Education Policy
- Relationships and Sex Education Policy
Rode Heath 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. Alongside this, we intend to have an annual whole school focus on one of the nine protected characteristics that are outlined in the Equality and Diversity policy. As of April 2019 until July 2021, our whole school focus will be on religion and beliefs.
Under the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) the school is required to set Equality Objectives and our published information must be updated annually.
Objective 1: To analyse statistical data (admissions, attendance, attainment) to ensure that there isn’t any trends that could be the cause of discriminatory behavior or actions
Objective 2: To raise awareness of the protected characteristics within school by having an annual whole-school focus. This year’s focus is on recognising and respecting different religions and beliefs; thus developing an awareness and understanding of diversity in the UK
Objective 3: To close gaps in attainment and achievement between students and all groups of students; especially boys and girls, students eligible for free-school meals, students with special educational needs and disabilities, looked after children and students from different heritage groups.
Agreed April 2020
Next Review April 2021
The video below has been made by the School Council who were interviewing members of our school community in order to assess the impact of this work.