Equality Duty

At St Margaret's we make every effort to ensure that barriers to treating children and adults in our commuity differently are removed.

Equality Objectives:

- By July 2018, to improve persistent absence of those with FSM eligibility to in line with national data.

- By July 2018, to improve girls performance in maths in order to reduce the performance gap at KS1 between boys and girls to national data gap for maths.

- By July 2018, to increase the performance of boys at EYFS increases to that of girls in reading and writing

- By July 2018, to increase the performance of pupils with SEN without EHCP in KS2 so that they perform in line with all pupils

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How have there objectives been chosen?

These objectives have been chosen as a result of external data reports from the government.

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A short description of what is going to be done to achieve each objective.

We will:

- monitor carefully the performance of groups

- monitor attendance for groups fortnightly

- monitor and evaluate the quality of provision for groups of pupils

- report performance of groups at least termly to the Governing Board

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What is the diversity of our school population?

Our school population in 2016 is parentally declared as: White British (94.6%), White any other background - 2.4%, Any other ethnic group - 1.1%, Asian or Asian British any other Asian background - 0.8%, Black or Black British Caribbean - 0.3%, Mixed any other mixed background - 0.3%, Mixed White & Asian - 0.3%, Mixed White & Black African - 0.3%.

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How are we performing in relation to the three aims of the equality duty?

• Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

We consider we do well against this aim.  Our Christian Ethos and Aims support this work as well as our approach to pastoral support.  A dedicated team support this alongside specialist staff who have implemented a new Kidsafe Programme since Sept 2015.

• Advance equality of opportunity.

We encourage participation in sport for those with disability through Ability Games and through engagement in residentials and other activities.

• Foster good relations.

We have a Parents Forum, offer Meet the Teacher sessions, have an open door approach and also have a senior leader on the playground gate most days.

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The Equality Act brought in changes in to what schools should and must do.

The Act covers all aspects of school life to do with how a school treats pupils and prospective pupils, parents and carers, employees, and members of the community. Everything a school does must be fair, non-discriminatory and not put individuals or groups of people at a disadvantage. In particular, a school must not discriminate, harass or victimise a pupil or potential pupil in relation to:

• Admissions.

• The way it provides education for pupils.

• How it provides pupils access to any benefit, facility or service.

• Excluding a pupil or subjecting them to any other detriment.

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What actions and behaviours are unlawful under the Act?

The Act defines a number of types of unlawful behaviour, including:

• Direct discrimination.

• Indirect discrimination.

• Failing to make reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils or staff.

• Discrimination arising from disability.

• Harassment related to a protected characteristic.

• Victimisation of someone because they have made, or helped with, a complaint about discrimination.

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The Act uses the term “protected characteristics” to refer to aspects of a person’s identity. Treating a person less favourably because they have one or more of these characteristics would be unlawful. The protected characteristics are:

• Age.

• Disability.

• Gender reassignment.

• Marriage and civil partnership.

• Pregnancy and maternity.

• Race.

• Religion or belief.

• Sex.

• Sexual orientation.

The protected characteristics of age and marriage and civil partnership apply to schools as employers, but not in relation to their provision for pupils.

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St Margaret's has taken the decision, in prioritising the way we manage equality, to retain an Equality Policy and Plans specifically for gender, disability and race.

The Equality Policy and Plan, including Accessibility Plan, can be downloaded here: EQUALITY POLICY & PLANS

An article that explains the requirement of the Equality Act can be found here: Equality Act Guidance

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