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Catchgate Primary Schools’ provision of the public sector equality duty

 

Date – 16th October 2019

 

 

We in Catchgate Primary School are committed to equality. We aim for every pupil to fulfil their potential no matter what his/her background or personal circumstances. 

 

We maintain the aim of embedding principles of fairness and equality across our entire curriculum, in assemblies and acts of collective worship, in break and lunchtimes, in pastoral support and in before and after school activities. 

 

We must under the general duty of public sector equality duty, in the exercise of our functions, have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited under the Act. 
  • Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it; 
  • Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.

This will apply to all pupils, staff and others using the facilities. We will give relevant and proportionate consideration to the public sector equality duty.

The protected characteristics for the school’s provisions are:

  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment  
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief 
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Age (only applicable to staff, not pupils)
  • Marriage and Civil Partnerships (only applicable to staff, not pupils)

Age and marriage and civil partnership are NOT protected characteristics for the school’s provisions for pupils.

We will have due regard to advancing equality of opportunity including making serious consideration of 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 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 activity in which participation by such persons is disproportionately low. 

We will take into account the six Brown principles of ‘due regard’

  • awareness – all staff know and understand what the law requires
  • timeliness – implications considered before they are implemented
  • rigour – open-minded and rigorous analysis, including parent/pupil voice
  • non-delegation – the PSED cannot be delegated
  • continuous – ongoing all academic year
  • record-keeping – keep notes and records of decisions & meetings

 

We welcome the opportunity to be transparent and accountable. To this end we fulfil the specific duties of the Act by:

  • publishing our equality information
  • publishing our equality objectives

 

We aim to make the information accessible, easy to read and easy to find.

 

Equality Information:

We maintain confidentiality and work to data protection principles. We publish information in a way so that no pupil or staff member can be identified.

 

 

Staff

Age

Figures change – we comply with our equality duty.

Disability

70% staff gave information. 

0% of staff recorded a disability. 

We ensure reasonable adjustments are made where appropriate. 

Gender reassignment

We support any staff member towards gender reassignment.

Marriage & civil partnerships

Figures change – we comply with our equality duty.

Pregnancy and maternity

Figures change – we comply with our equality duty.

‘Race’ / ethnicity 

70% staff gave information

Our staff profile comprises: White British and Dual Heritage

Religion and Belief / no belief

70% staff gave information

Our staff profile comprises: 

Church of England, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Agnostic and atheist

Sex – male/female

82% female 

18% male

Sexual orientation 

We support all staff members regardless of sexual orientation

 

Pupils:

Age

We have pupils aged from 2 to 11 years old in our school.

Disability

1.4% of pupils recorded a disability. 

We ensure reasonable adjustments are made where appropriate.

 

Gender reassignment

We support any pupil towards gender reassignment.

 

Pregnancy and maternity

We comply with our equality duty and have planned to deliver education on site if and when required, or offer a place at the Young Parent Group run by the SEND & Inclusion Service.

 

‘Race’ / ethnicity 

100% people gave this information

 

97% are White British 

1.05% are Black African 

1.05% are Any other white background 

<1% are White and Asian  

 

EAL (English as an Additional Language)

1 Child is registered as EAL 

1 out of 285 0.35% 

Religion and Belief / no belief

85% of pupils gave information 

76% are recorded as having No Religion 

22% are Christian

<1% are Muslim 

 

SEND

11% of pupils identified with a Special Educational Need.

 

Sex – male/female

45% female  

55% male

 

Sexual orientation 

We support all pupils regardless of sexual orientation

 

Pupil Premium

39% pupils eligible for Pupil Premium

 

 

We will update our equality information at least annually and publish on the school website.

 

Equality Objectives 2019 – 2020

 

Our equality objectives are:

  1. To address gender stereotypes through the curriculum, outdoor play, visits and visitors. 
  2. To encourage an understanding of different cultural backgrounds through the curriculum, resources, visits and visitors.
  3. To model teaching and learning behaviours that avoid labelling.
  4. To ensure children with a protected characteristic are fairly represented and included in activities and supporting interventions across the school.

We will update our equality objectives every four years and publish them on our school website. 

We will review progress on these objectives annually and this paperwork will be held within school. 

We adopt a whole school approach to equality and consider it important for pupils to learn about equality and human rights. We adhere to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHCR) statement:

‘To reap the full benefits of equality and human rights education, it is essential to teach topics in an environment which respects the rights and differences of both students and teachers. Without an equality and human rights culture within the classroom and school as a whole, learning about these topics can at best appear irrelevant, and at worst, hypocritical. The respect and tolerance it teaches will help staff and students create a healthier, happier, fairer school culture, and could lead to reductions in bullying and other negative behaviour, and improvements in attainment and aspirations.

Though the Act refers to ‘race’, the use of ethnic/ cultural origin, background or heritage is often more appropriate 

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