Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED)
PSED requires all schools to have a due regard for the need to:
- Eliminate discrimination and other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
- Advance equality of opportunities between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
- Foster good relations across all characteristics, and between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
Protected Characteristics are:
- Age (relevant as an employer but not in relation to pupils)
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Gender reassignment
As a school, we give ‘relevant and proportionate consideration' to the duty. This means:
- Decision makers (Governors and Senior Leaders) are aware of the duty to have due regard when making a decision or taking an action, and will assess whether it may have implications for people with particular protected characteristics
- We consider equality implications before and at the time that we develop policy and take decisions, not as an afterthought, and we keep them under review on a continuing basis
- The PSED is integrated into the carrying out of our school’s functions, and the analysis necessary to comply with the duty is carried out seriously, rigorously and with an open mind
We cannot delegate this responsibility for carrying out the duty to anyone else.
We demonstrate how we comply with PSED in our Single Equalities Policy (see below).
Our Current Equality objectives are
(set July 2023, due for review by July 2027)
- To make our best endeavours to ensure that there is no reason for difference in pupil attainment and progress due to gender, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, disability, religious belief or socio-economic status.
- To ensure that our curriculum and provision effectively supports the needs of all children and is responsive to needs at the time.
- To use our curriculum to enable our children to learn about other ethnicities, cultures and countries, to study famous people from ethnic minorities and with a variety of abilities including disability, and celebrate diversity.
- To continue to promote a tolerant and inclusive school community where all feel safe and valued.