Equality

St. Austin’s Catholic Primary School is required to set specific and measurable equality objectives. The development of these objectives has taken into account pupil data, attainment levels, evidence of any equality issues across all of our functions, issues that may be affecting people with protected characteristics and also acknowledged the three aims of the ‘general’ equality duty. These objectives have been agreed with the Academy Council.

The Public Sector Equality Duty

Following the introduction of the Equality Act 2010, the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), came into force in April 2011. The PSED sets out the requirements for all public bodies when carrying out their day to day work and has two main parts:

The ‘general’ equality duty

The general duty requires St. Austin’s Catholic Primary School to have ‘due regard’, or think about the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Act.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
  • Foster good relations across all characteristics between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

All staff are responsible for having due regard for the three general equality aims.

The Act explains that having due regard for advancing equality involves:

  • Removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics.
  • Taking steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people.
  • Encouraging people from protected groups to participate in public life or in
    other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.

The ‘specific duties’

The ‘specific duties’ require St. Austin’s Catholic Primary School to do the following:

  • Publish information annually to show compliance with the general equality duty.
  • Prepare and publish one or more specific and measurable equality objectives at least once every four years and publish an update on progress towards these objectives annually.

Equality Objectives 2022-2025

As stated above, St. Austin’s Catholic Primary School is required to set specific and measurable equality objectives. The development of these objectives has taken into account pupil data, attainment levels, evidence of any equality issues across all of our functions, issues that may be affecting people with protected characteristics and also acknowledged the three aims of the ‘general’ equality duty. These objectives have been agreed with the Academy Council.

Our objectives are set out below:

  1. Prepare the school community for living in a diverse cultural world.
  2. Develop the equality knowledge and skills of staff and governors through relevant training.
  3. To support and encourage SEND students to ensure they are as fully able as possible to participate in the school’s activities.
  4. Communications with pupils and parents are offered in clear and easily understood formats.

What we are doing to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation

  • We take account of equality issues in relation to admissions and exclusions; the way we provide education for our pupils and the way we provide access for pupils to facilities and services.
  • We are aware of the Reasonable Adjustment duty for disabled pupils – designed to enhance access and participation to the level of non-disabled pupils and stop disabled children being placed at a disadvantage compared to their non-disabled peers.
  • The Headteacher ensures that all appointment panels give due regard to this policy so that no one is discriminated against when it comes to employment, promotion or training opportunities.
  • We ensure that those who are affected by a policy or activity are consulted and involved in the design of new policies, and in the review of existing ones.
  • We take seriously the need to consider the equality implications when we develop, adapt and review any policy or procedure and whenever we make significant decisions about the day today life of the school. We make a record of each specific equality consideration and this is available for review if required.
  • We actively promote equality and diversity though the curriculum and by creating an environment which champions respect for all.
  • Our admissions arrangements are fair and transparent, and we do not discriminate against pupils by treating them less favourably on the grounds of their sex, race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender reassignment.

Addressing prejudice and prejudice based bullying

  • The school challenges all forms of prejudice and prejudice-based bullying, which stand in the way of fulfilling our commitment to inclusion and equality:
  • prejudices around disability and special educational needs
  • prejudices around race, religion or belief, for example anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, Travellers, migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum prejudices around gender and sexual orientation, including homophobic and transphobic attitudes
  • We keep a record of different prejudice-related incidents and provide a report to the academy councillors about the numbers, types and seriousness of prejudice-related incidents at our school and how we dealt with them.
  • We review this data regularly and take action to reduce incidents

The Trust “Equality Diversity and Inclusion Statement” is available form the Key Information section of the BKCAT website, or by clicking here.