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Equal Opportunities & Equality

Equal Opportunities

All Saints welcomes children from diverse backgrounds. The school community celebrates this diversity ensuring every individual is able to achieve their very best in a setting where respect underpins every aspect of school life.  For more information read Equal Opportunities Policy. 

Equal Opportunities Policy - January 2015

The Public Sector Equality Duty

The Equality Act 2010 requires the school to publish an Equality Objective at least every four years.

The objective we commit to must be specific (clear and precise) and measurable (we need to provide evidence about what we have done) and help us demonstrate that we have had due regard to the need to:-

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advance equality of opportunity
  • Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.

“Due regard” means consciously thinking about the three aims above as part of the decision making process.

The Equality Act 2010 identifies the following as protected characteristics for the public sector equality duty:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race (including ethnicity)
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

Under Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, the Secretary of State is under a duty to have due regard to the need to:

a) eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Equality Act 2010

b) advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it, in particular the need to:

  • remove or minimise disadvantages suffered by persons who share a relevant protected characteristic that are connected to that characteristic
  • take steps to meet the needs of persons who share a relevant protected characteristic that are different from the needs of persons who do not share it
  • encourage persons who share a relevant protected characteristic to participate in public life or in any other activity in which participation by such persons is disproportionately low

c) foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it, in particular the need to:

  • tackle prejudice
  • promote understanding.

The document Primary Assessment in England - Equalities Impact Assessment, published by the Department for Education in September 2017, indicates that the relevant protected characteristics within a primary setting are gender, disability, race, religion or belief, age and sexual orientation.  Characteristics such as gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy and maternity are not considered relevant to primary school-aged children in relation to assessment. 

In relation to our dealings with parents, carers, members of the public, representatives of other public or private bodies and/or companies, all the above detailed characteristics are deemed relevant to the school to ensure that all are treated fairly and equally.

Equality Objective

“To promote equality through the provision of an education that is fair and accessible to all our children.”

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