Public Sector Equality Duty
The public sector equality duty came into force in April 2011, under the Equality Act 2010. We welcome the duty’s aims to;
Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
(Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), 2019)
We understand the protected characteristics to be: age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, and sex and sexual orientation. We believe that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect and are opposed to any direct or indirect discrimination against individuals or groups. We endeavour to tackle prejudice and promote understanding in all aspects of school life, including lesson and break times, learning, policies and governance, employment, procurement and decision-making. We want everyone connected with our school to feel safe, secure, valued and of equal worth and believe this will positively impact our local community, the wider Sheffield community, and the future prospects of our pupils.
Our vision is that Coalway Junior School pupils: celebrate diversity, are aspirational, and enquire about the world. In line with the duty’s aim to remove or minimise disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics (EHRC, 2019), we have high expectations of all and aim to provide them with every opportunity to succeed by providing the highest standards of teaching and learning within a curriculum and extended learning opportunities which are broad, balanced, differentiated, relevant and exciting. We believe that this can also encourage people from protected groups to participate in public life (EHRC, 2019), and supplement these activities with events aimed at parents/carers, families and other members of our community, both within and outside of school hours.
We also aim to meet the needs of people from protected groups (EHRC, 2019), whether that be the needs of pupils, their families, our staff or anyone else in our school community. We work hard to maintain a positive ethos where all members of the school community work well alongside each other, developing positive relationships and promoting community cohesion.
To be reviewed at Governors in October.