The General Equality Duty
The General Equality Duty was created by the Equality Act 2010 and replaced the race, disability and gender equality duties. The duty came into force in April 2011 covering the following protected characteristics: age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.
The General Equality Duty requires public authorities to have due regard to the need to:
1. Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act
2. Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it
3. Foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it.
Our aim is for St Andrew's to be an inclusive school.
This means that equality of opportunity must be a reality for our children. We make this a reality through the attention we pay to the different groups of children within our school:
· girls and boys;
· minority ethnic and faith groups;
· children who need support to learn English as an additional language;
· children with special educational needs;
· gifted and talented children;
· any children who are at risk of disaffection or exclusion.
The National Curriculum is our starting point for planning a curriculum that meets the specific needs of individuals and groups of children. We do this through:
· setting suitable learning challenges;
· responding to children’s diverse learning needs;
· overcoming potential barriers to learning and assessment for individuals and groups of pupils;
· providing other curricular opportunities outside the National Curriculum to meet the needs of individuals or groups of children. (This includes speech and language therapy and mobility training.)
We achieve educational inclusion by continually reviewing what we do, through asking ourselves these key questions:
· do all our children achieve as much as they can?
· are there differences in the achievement of different groups of children?
· what are we doing for those children who we know are not achieving their best?
· are our actions effective?
What are our objectives?
1. Advance Equality of Opportunity Between People
Robust systems for monitoring pupil progress and attendance in place and monitored regularly.
2. Foster Good Relations Between People
To develop pupil understanding of tolerance and respect for others through the promotion of British values and UNICEF Respecting Rights.