Equality (beyond the 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 2021-2022:

• To review the practice and application of the Equality Act 2010 covering discrimination and promotion of equality of opportunity
• To promote and celebrate diversity, removing barriers that prevent identity and uniqueness being recognised and valued.
• To work with other schools and local authority on valuing uniqueness and diversity.

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How have there objectives been chosen?

These objectives have been chosen as a result of a review of practice and benchmarking against other practice in the best schools.

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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

- plan approriate events to support the celebration and teaching of diversity

- work collabroratively with the LA and appointed charity to support currculum work

- 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 2021 is parentally declared as: White British 91%, White any other background - 5.7%, Any other ethnic group - 0.85%, Black African- 0.85% Asian or Asian British any other Asian background - 1%, White or Black Caribbean - 0.2%, Mixed any other mixed background - 0.2%, Refused- 0.2%

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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