The General Equality Duty was created by the Equality Act 2010 and replaced the race, disability and gender equality duties. The duty came into force in April 2011 covering the following protected characteristics: age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.
The General Equality Duty requires public authorities to have due regard to the need to:
1. Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act
2. Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it
3. Foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it
As a school we are also required to follow the specific duties. This means we need to:
1. Define one or more equality objectives that support the aims of the General Equality Duty and review them at least every four years
2. Ensure that the objectives are specific and measurable
3. Publish the objectives so that they are accessible to the public.
Click on the following links for school-specific equality information:
Our Equality Objectives for the school year 2016 – 17:
1. To improve the attendance of all students to 95%
2. To improve the achievement of SEND students and disadvantaged students and to narrow the achievement gap between SEND students & non-SEND students and disadvantaged & advantaged students
3. To continue to improve accessibility across the school in accordance with the recommendations of the Access Audit completed by an external consultant in April 2015.
4. Work towards becoming a Disability Confident employer