Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED)
Our school aims to meet its obligations under the public sector equality duty by having due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
- 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
2. Legislation and guidance
This document meets the requirements under the following legislation:
- The Equality Act 2010, which introduced the public sector equality duty and protects people from discrimination
- The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011, which require schools to publish information to demonstrate how they are complying with the public sector equality duty and to publish equality objectives
This document is also based on Department for Education (DfE) guidance: The Equality Act 2010 and schools.
This document also complies with our funding agreement and articles of association.
3. Roles and Responsibilities
The local governing body will:
- Ensure that the equality information and objectives as set out in this statement are published and communicated throughout the school, including to staff, pupils and parents, and that they are reviewed and updated at least once every four years
- Delegate responsibility for monitoring the achievement of the objectives on a daily basis to the headteacher
The equality link governor is Mrs Claire Beressi Jones. Mrs Beressi Jones will:
- Meet with the Principal for equality every term and other relevant staff members, to discuss any issues and how these are being addressed
- Ensure they’re familiar with all relevant legislation and the contents of this document
- Attend appropriate equality and diversity training
- Report back to the full governing board regarding any issues
The Principal will:
- Promote knowledge and understanding of the equality objectives amongst staff and pupils
- Monitor success in achieving the objectives and report back to governors
- Meet with the link governor to identify any staff training needs, and deliver training as necessary
All school staff are expected to have regard to this document and to work to achieve the objectives as set out in section 8.
3. Eliminating Discrimination
The school is aware of its obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and complies with non-discrimination provisions.
Where relevant, our policies include reference to the importance of avoiding discrimination and other prohibited conduct.
Staff and governors are regularly reminded of their responsibilities under the Equality Act, for example during meetings. Where this has been discussed during a meeting it is recorded in the meeting minutes.
The school has a designated member of staff for monitoring equality issues (Principal), and an equality link governor. They regularly liaise regarding any issues and make senior leaders and governors aware of these as appropriate.
4. Advancing equality of opportunity
As set out in the DfE guidance on the Equality Act, the school aims to advance equality of opportunity by:
- Removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people which are connected to a particular characteristic they have (e.g. pupils with disabilities, or gay pupils who are being subjected to homophobic bullying)
- Taking steps to meet the particular needs of people who have a particular characteristic (e.g. enabling Muslim pupils to pray at prescribed times)
- Encouraging people who have a particular characteristic to participate fully in any activities (e.g. encouraging all pupils to be involved in the full range of school societies)
In fulfilling this aspect of the duty, the school will:
- Publish attainment data each academic year showing how pupils with different characteristics are performing
- Analyse the above data to determine strengths and areas for improvement, implement actions in response and publish this information
- Make evidence available identifying improvements for specific groups (e.g. declines in incidents of homophobic or transphobic bullying)
- Publish further data about any issues associated with particular protected characteristics, identifying any issues which could affect our own pupils
6. Fostering good relations
The school aims to foster good relations between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not share it by:
- Promoting tolerance, friendship and understanding of a range of religions and cultures through different aspects of our curriculum. This includes teaching in RE, citizenship and personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, but also activities in other curriculum areas. For example, as part of teaching and learning in English/reading, pupils will be introduced to literature from a range of cultures
- Holding assemblies dealing with relevant issues. Pupils will be encouraged to take a lead in such assemblies and we will also invite external speakers to contribute
- Encouraging and implementing initiatives to deal with tensions between different groups of pupils within the school. For example, our school council has representatives from different year groups and is formed of pupils from a range of backgrounds. All pupils are encouraged to participate in the school’s activities, such as sports clubs. We also work with parents to promote knowledge and understanding of different cultures
- We have developed links with people and groups who have specialist knowledge about particular characteristics, which helps inform and develop our approach
7. Equality considerations in decision-making
The school ensures it has due regard to equality considerations whenever significant decisions are made.
The school always considers the impact of significant decisions on particular groups. For example, when a school trip or activity is being planned, the school considers whether the trip:
- Cuts across any religious holidays
- Is accessible to pupils with disabilities
- Has equivalent facilities for boys and girls
8. Equality objectives
|Objective||Action taken||Evidence of success in 2017/18||Evidence of success in 2018/19||Evidence of success in 2019/20|
|Objective 1: Develop an accessible curriculum for all SEN students ASDAN, ArtsMark and entry level qualifications||We are developing our use of ASDAN, ArtsMark and entry level qualifications in order to provide a more appropariate experience and progression streams for our students|
|Objective 2: Improve the participation of girls in Product Design and Computer Science||We have set up a KS3 Computing course that focuses on engaging all students and we have taken the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities at Cambridge University and hosting the CamJam sessions for the whole county at IVC|
|Objective 3: Improve the performance of disabled pupil's progress at KS4 in line with their abilities||Pastoral leaders are aware of the students needs and abilities and responsible for ensuring a range of support is in place to enable progression|
|Objective 4: Raise the awareness of cultural diversity across the college to recognise and celebrate our International community and ethos||We are supporting a member of staff leading an middle leader research project on improving the awareness an celebrating diversity at IVC|
9. Monitoring Arrangements
The Principal and the link governor for staffing and equality will update the equality information we publish, described in sections 4-7 above, at least every year.
This document will be reviewed by Principal and the link governor for staffing and equality at least every 4 years.
This document will be approved by the local governing body at least every four years.