Equal Opportunities, Equality Objectives & Duty
Public Sector Equality Duty
The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) , part of the Equality Act, came into force in April 2011. It requires organisations to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations. The duty has a key role to play in making sure that fairness is at the heart of public bodies' work and that public services meet the needs of different groups. It covers a range of public bodies, including academies, schools, NHS organisations, government departments, local authorities and police authorities
Section 149(1) of the Equality Act 2010 puts various requirements on academies when exercising their functions. The general duty requires academies to have due regard to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct 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 between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
Having 'due regard' means consciously thinking about the three aims of the PSED as part of the process of decision making. This means that consideration of equality issues must influence the decisions reached by academies such as:
- how they act as employers
- how they develope, evaluate and review policy
- how they design, deliver and evaluate services
- how they commission and procure others
A copy of the Trust's Single Equality Policy can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.
Equality at Excalibur School
The governing board of Excalibur Primary School will
- Ensure that equality information and objectives are published on this page and communicated through 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
Excalibur Primary School is an inclusive school where we focus on the well-being and progress of every child and where all members of our community are of equal worth.
We believe that the Equality Act provides a framework to support our commitment to valuing diversity, tackling discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relationships between people. It also ensures that we continue to tackle issues of disadvantage and underachievement of different groups.
Our approach to equality is based on the following key principles:
1. All learners are of equal value
2. We recognise and respect difference
3. We foster positive attitudes and relationships and a shared sense of cohesion and belonging.
4. We observe good equalities practice in staff recruitment, retention and development.
5. We aim to reduce and remove inequalities and barriers that already exist.
6. We have the highest expectations of all our children.