Hayesdown First School

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Equalities Information

Hayesdown First School aims to be a welcoming and inclusive school, which promotes equality for pupils, staff, parents and the community.

Click here to see how we meet our equalities objectives in practice at Hayesdown First School

Click here to find out about our “No Outsiders” approach to teaching about diversity, equalities and inclusion.

What is the Public Sector Equalities Duty?

The single Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) came into effect in April 2011 as a result of the Equality Act 2010. It requires public bodies to promote equality and replaced three pre-existing duties relating to disability, race and gender equality.

The PSED applies to all maintained and independent schools, including academies, and maintained and non-maintained special schools.

Protected Characteristics

The Department for Education (DfE) has published non-statutory advice that sets out schools’ obligations under the PSED.

Paragraph 5.1 explains that the PSED extends to the following protected characteristics:

Race, disability, gender, sex, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment

Three Main Elements

Paragraph 5.1 of the document explains that the PSED has three main elements. In carrying out their functions, public bodies are required to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
  • Advance equality of opportunity 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

 

We meet the PSED in the following ways:

We eliminate discrimination by:

  • Adoption of the The Partnership Trust Equalities policy
  • Our behaviour policy ensures that all children feel safe at school and addresses prejudicial bullying
  • Reporting, responding to and monitoring all racist incidents
  • Regularly monitoring the curriculum to ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of our pupils and that it promotes respect for diversity and challenges negative stereotyping
  • Teaching is of the highest quality to ensure children reach their potential and all pupils are given equal entitlement to success
  • Tracking pupil progress to ensure that all children make rapid progress, and intervening when necessary
  • Ensuring that all pupils have the opportunity to access extra-curricular provision
  • Listening to and monitoring views and experiences of pupils and adults to evaluate the effectiveness of our policies and procedures.

We advance equality of opportunity by:

  • Using the information we gather to identify underachieving groups or individuals and plan targeted intervention
  • Ensuring participation of  parents/carers and pupils in school development
  • Listening to parents/carers
  • Listening to pupils at all times

We foster good relations by:

  • Ensuring that Hayesdown First School is seen as a community school within our local community
  • Ensuring that equality and diversity are embedded in the curriculum and our assemblies

Due Regard

Paragraph 5.4 of the DfE’s advice says that ‘due regard’ has been defined as giving “relevant and proportionate consideration to the duty”.

For schools, this means:

  • Decision makers must be aware of the duty to have due regard when making a decision or taking an action, and must assess whether it may have implications for people with particular protected characteristics
  • Schools should consider equality implications before and at the time that they develop policy and take decisions, not as an afterthought, and they need to keep them under review on a continuing basis
  • The PSED has to be integrated into the carrying out of the school’s functions, and the analysis necessary to comply with the duty has to be carried out seriously, rigorously and with an open mind

Specific Duties

Equality Objectives 

Schools are expected to report on how they meet the PSED and this includes setting objectives (which should be reviewed at least every four years). At Hayesdown  School, we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers, irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief, religion or socio-economic background.

 

In order to further support pupils, raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching, we have set the following equality objectives as a Trust:

Achievement:  

We are committed to improving the attainment and raising the aspiration of all groups of pupils ​

Teaching and Learning:  ​

We will ensure that our curriculum promotes understanding between different groups of people, cultures and societies, tackles stereotypes, challenges pupil’s perceptions and promotes British values. ​

Behaviour and safety: ​

We will maintain a rigorous anti-bullying stance so that all pupils are protected from harassment and discrimination, and deal with the use of discriminatory, homophobic or otherwise offensive language in line with our behaviour policy.  ​

Leadership and Management: 

Consistent application of our policies and procedures, ensuring that our systems for recruiting, retaining and managing staff support all those in groups protected by the Equalities Act. ​

We will endeavour to raise levels of parental and pupil engagement in learning and school life, across all activities, including regular attendance. ​

 

Click here to see how we meet these objectives in practice at Hayesdown First School