On 5th April 2011 the Public Sector ‘Equality Duty’ came into force. This duty replaces the existing Race, Disability and Gender Equality Duties.
The 3 aims of the Genderal Equality Duty are:
- To eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimization and other conduct prohibited by the Act by removing or minimizing disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics. The eight protected groups relate to race, disability, sex, gender reassignment, age, pregnancy and maternity, religion and belief and sexual orientation.
- To advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not by taking steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people.
- To foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not by encouraging people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.
Equality Targets for Meadows Primary School and Nursery 2017-2018
The Equalities Act (2010) requires that schools and other public services show that they are advancing the equalities agenda by publishing objectives that are specific and measurable.
At Meadows Primary School, we are committed to ensuring that our targets reflect our school aims and ethos, assisting all pupils to achieve their potential through an inclusive, engaging approach to children’s welfare, progress and attainment.
We believe that equality of access hinges not on treating all pupils in the same way, but on taking positive action to redress the inequalities faced by some pupils.
Our Equalities targets are as follows:
- We aim for boys and girls to achieve at the same expected standards and make good progress in all subjects.
- Pupils who are entitled to Pupil Premium grant allocation to achieve expected standards that are in line with that of all pupils.
- Pupils who have special educational needs or who are disabled (SEND) to achieve expected standards in reading, writing and maths.
- Ensure that all policies and practices meet the requirements of the Equality Act.
These targets will be reviewed at the end of each half-term as part of our self-evaluation programme.