On the 1st October 2010, the Equality Act 2010 replaced all existing equality legislation such as the Race Relations Act, Disability Discrimination Act and Sex Discrimination Act.
The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of specific characteristics (referred to as protected characteristics). This means that schools cannot discriminate against pupils or treat them less favourably because of their sex (gender), race, disability, religion or belief, gender reassignment, sexual orientation or pregnancy or maternity.
The Act introduced requires all schools to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty and two specific duties.
Public Sector Equality Duty requires us a school to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
- Foster good relations between different groups
The Two “specific duties” requires us to:
- Publish information to show compliance with the Equality Duty
- Publish Equality Objectives at least every 4 years which are specific and measurable
We recognise that these duties reflect international human rights standards as expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and the Human Rights Act 1998.
This is demonstrated within the All Saints Accessibility Policy and the All Saints Academy Equal Opportunities Policy.
The specific duties require us to prepare and publish one or more specific and measurable equality objectives which will help us to further the aims of the Equality Duty.
Our equality objectives are:
Equality Objective 1 – To advance the equality of opportunity between children by providing additional activities before and during school for children with specialist needs.
Equality Objective 2 – To develop the whole school teaching of maths through the Maths Mastery approach so that all children can attain a good level of understanding of number and its manipulation.
Equality Objective 3 – To develop and implement a Recovery curriculum across all subjects to identify significant gaps in learning and plan effectively to reduce those gaps.
Our Equality Statement and Accessibility Policy can be found below: