Equality Targets September 2023-24
There are two kinds of duty that schools must meet.
1.The Public Sector Equality Duty
2. The Specific Duties
The Public Sector Equality Duty under the Equality Act 2010 places a duty on schools to have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is
prohibited by the Act
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and persons 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.
The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against people with a 'protected characteristic'.
It is a statutory duty which must be met by every school in line with legislation from the Race Relations (Amendment) Act (2000), Disability Equality Duty (2005) and Equality Act (2010) to
a) publish information to demonstrate how they are complying with the Public Sector Equality Duty and review and update these policies every four years.
b) prepare and publish equality objectives annually.
St Matthew's CE (Aided) Primary School and Nursery Centre is committed to meeting its public sector duties and acknowledges that we have a statutory duty to :
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- Promote equality of access and opportunity within our school and within our wider community
- Promote positive attitudes to difference and good relationships between people with different backgrounds, genders, cultures, faiths, abilities and ethnic origins.
We aim to address areas where we need to take action to improve equality and tackle disadvantages.
We will regularly review the progress we are making to meet our equality objectives.
Equality Objectives 2023-24
- To promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through all appropriate curricular opportunities, with particular reference to issues of equality and diversity.
- Continue to raise the profile of ‘British Values’ across the school and Nursery centre, developing the pupils understanding of wider world issues and their impact on society.
- To monitor and analyse the achievement by any pupils with protected characteristics and act on any trends or patterns in the data that require additional support for pupils.
- To continue to narrow the gap between vulnerable groups of pupils and others in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
- Further improve the attainment of SEND pupils throughout the school.
The Senior Leadership Team and Governing Body at St Matthew's CE (Aided) Primary School and Nursery Centre regularly review the progress we are making towards our equality objectives with regard to the protected groups (race, disability, gender, gender re-assignment, age, pregnancy and maternity, marital status, religion and belief) under the Equality Act (2010).
Please see our policies linked below: