The Equality Act 2010 has created the ‘Public Sector Equality Duty’ which states that every public body, including schools and academies, have a legal duty to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between people who share and do not share the following protected characteristics:
- pregnancy or maternity
- religion or belief
- gender identity
- sexual orientation
- marriage or civil partnership
As part of our duties we publish:
- an Equalities Information profile of our school based upon the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010 – this is updated and published every year
- our school’s Equality Action Plan (Objectives) – these are reviewed annually and updated at least once every 4 years
- for further information please view or download our Single Equalities Policy and Equality Action Plan in the School Policies section of our website.
Assisting schools and academies to comply with this legal duty, ‘Educate & Celebrate’ is a national initiative designed to prepare children and young people for life and to give them a good understanding of how Equality and Diversity is protected by the Equality Act 2010.
The approaches used in ‘Educate and Celebrate’ have been recognised by Ofsted as best practice for taking a whole school approach to teaching equality. The programme provides positive relationships and understanding. It is based around a set of stories about different families, relationships and gender identities.
We are proud to say that we received the Silver Award for Educate and Celebrate Best Practice Status.
For further information please visit the Educate and Celebrate website www.educateandcelebrate.org.