The Public Sector Equality Duty
We aim to promote pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, with special emphasis on promoting equality and diversity, and eradicating prejudicial incidents for pupils and staff.
Our school is committed to not only eliminating discrimination, but also increasing understanding and appreciation for diversity. Laleham CofE Primary School is opposed to all forms of prejudice and recognises that children and young people who experience any form of prejudice-related discrimination may fare less well in the education system.
The Equality Act (2010)
The Equality Act (2010) was introduced to ensure protection from discrimination (direct or indirect), harassment and victimisation on the grounds of protected characteristics:
- Religion or belief;
- Sexual orientation;
- Gender reassignment;
- Pregnancy or maternity;
- Marriage or civil partnership.
For schools, this means that it is unlawful to discriminate against individuals, or treat them less favourably, because of their sex, race, age, disability, religion or belief, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity. The Equality Act (2010) makes it unlawful for responsible body of a school (governing body or local authority) to discriminate against, harass or victimise a pupil or potential pupil:
- In relation to admissions;
- In the way it provides education for pupils;
- In the way it provides pupils access to any benefit, facility or service, or;
- By excluding a pupil or subjecting them to any other detriment.
Public Sector Equality Duty
Under the Equality Act (2010), the school is expected to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED). This requires us to have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act;
- 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.
Our Equality policy has been written in line with national guidance and contains information about how the school complies with the Public Sector Equality Duty.