The Public sector equality duty came in to force in April 2011 and public authorities are required, in carrying out their functions, to have due regard to the need to achieve the objectives set out in the Equality Act 2010 to:
(a) eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Equality Act 2010;
(b) advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;
(c) foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
To ensure transparency, the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011 require public authorities to publish:
- equality objectives, at least every four years
- information to demonstrate their compliance with the public sector equality duty
- To promote cultural understanding and awareness of different religious beliefs between different ethnic groups within our school community.
- To monitor and promote the involvement of all groups of students in the extra-curricular life of the school, including leadership opportunities, especially students with special educational needs and students who receive free-school meals.
- 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 ethnic groups.
- To further improve accessibility across the school for students, staff and visitors with disabilities, including access to specialist teaching areas.
- To endeavour to ensure that the staff body and representation of staff in leadership roles is reflective of the local community.
- To reduce the incidence of the use of homophobic, sexist and racist language by students in the school.