Public Sector Equality Duty
Welcome to Equalities at Rushey Green Primary School. You will find here information about how the school ensures it meets its Specific Equalities Duties (These are things our school must do).
The Public Sector Equality Duty requires our school to publish information about Equalities.
The Equality Act 2010 clearly states that the following groups must be taken into account. People identified in the following groups are considered to have a protected characteristic. The school must take these into account when publishing information.
The information we publish and analyse must be clearly linked to the three aims (General Duties) of the Public Sector Equality Duty. General Duties are the things that schools aim to achieve)
The Public Sector Equality Duty requires our school to monitor our policies and procedures and to publish information about equalities in our school. The Equality Act 2010 has 3 main ‘General Duties’ which we must aim to achieve, these are:
- To eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
- To advance equality of opportunity between people.
- To foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
The Equality Act 2010 states that it is unlawful to discriminate against people with the following protected characteristics. This applies to the whole school community:
- Gender reassignment
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Race (ethnicity)
- Religion and belief
- Sexual Orientation
There are also 2 other protected characteristic that schools do not have a direct duty to report on:
- Marriage and Civil Partnership
We believe that equality at our school should permeate all aspects of school life and that it is the responsibility of every member of the school and wider community. Everyone within our school community should feel safe and secure, they should feel valued and of equal worth, these include:
- Children and young people
- All staff employed at the school
- Students on placement
- Agency staff
- Contractors working at our school External agencies whose staff are working with our school, including Health, Social Care, Special - Needs support and agencies such as the Department for Education, Ofsted and School Improvement Partners
- All visitors to the school
The ‘Specific Duty’ for schools is to gather and publish information to show how we are complying with the Equalities Duty; how we remove or minimise disadvantage and take steps to meet different needs and encourage participating when it is proportionately low. We record and analyse the progress and attainment of all children, including vulnerable groups.
To help us in our work to advance equality of opportunity we have set ourselves some equality objectives determined by our scrutiny of information and data.
Our Headteacher is responsible for the implementation of the Equality Act 2010 and the Governing Body is responsible for making sure that school policies and procedures comply with the Act. Staff and Governors are involved in the monitoring of our policies, procedures and practice to make sure our school continues to be an inclusive, accessible, safe and welcoming environment for all.
Our school is committed to equality both as an employer and a service-provider:
We try to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect.
- We want to make sure that our school is a safe, secure and stimulating place for everyone.
- We recognise that people have different needs, and we understand that treating people equally does not always involve treating them all exactly the same.
- We recognise that for some pupils extra support is needed to help them to achieve and be successful.
- We try to make sure that people from different groups are consulted and involved in our decisions, for example through talking to pupils and parents/carers and through our School Council.
- We aim to make sure that no-one experiences harassment, less favourable treatment or discrimination because of their age; any disability they may have; their ethnicity, colour or national origin; their gender; their gender identity or reassignment; their marital or civil partnership status; being pregnant or having recently had a baby; their religion or beliefs; their sexual identity and orientation.
We welcome our general duty under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to foster good relations, and our specific duties to publish information every year about our school population; to explain how we have due regard for equality; and to publish equality objectives which show how we plan to tackle particular inequalities, and reduce or remove them.
We welcome the emphasis in the Ofsted Common inspection framework on the importance of narrowing gaps in achievement which affect, amongst others:
- pupils from certain cultural and ethnic backgrounds
- pupils who belong to low-income households and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals
- pupils who are disabled
- pupils who have special educational needs
Currently there are 623 pupils on roll.
Information on pupils by protected characteristics
|Number of Pupils||Percentage (%) of school population|
|No Special Education Need||482||77.36%|
|Ethnicity and Race|
|Religion and Belief|
|% of Pupils|
|Pupils with English as an additional language (EAL)|
|Number of pupils who speak English as an additional Language||129||98||227||36.4%|
|Number of pupils who are at an early stage of English language acquisition||31||31||62||9.95%|
|Children Looked After|
Attendance overall is good and there are stringent procedures to follow up on children and parents who have unauthorised absence and/or are persistently late. The parents of pupils persistently absent have meetings to discuss their needs and these are followed up by members of staff to ensure improvements are made. Those still persistently absent and have significant issues may receive home visits by staff to encourage attendance and are referred for support to an appropriate external agency where necessary. Certificates and recognition are given to pupils who achieve 100% attendance and/or 100% punctuality.
Our aim is work towards an attendance target of 100% and we will continue to support and work with families with persistent absence or attendance issues.
We have a special educational needs policy and SEN Information Report that outlines the provision the school makes for pupils with special educational needs.
We have an accessibility plan that sets out the steps we will take to make the school accessible to all pupils, parents and visitors.
Our complaints procedure sets out how we deal with any complaints relating to the school. We aim to observe and implement the principles of equal opportunities and non-discrimination in our employment practices.
We have a staff code of conduct that is published in the staff handbook
Under the Equality Act 2010, we are also required to have due regard to the need to advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations. This includes steps we are taking to tackle disadvantages and meet the needs of particular individuals and groups of pupils.
We advance equality of opportunity by
- ensuring our policies, services and practices reflect our commitment to equality
- providing development opportunities for governors, staff and pupils to understand their rights and responsibilities
- dealing with any complaints fairly and promptly.
Fostering good relations
We aim to promote a school community that is a welcoming and comfortable environment for all. We want to foster an open environment in which people feel that they are being treated with dignity and respect