The Public Sector Equality Duty 2011 has three aims under the general duty for schools/academies and other settings:
- To eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act by removing or minimising 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 St Lawrence CE Primary School for the School Year 2013-14
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 St Lawrence C.E Primary School we aim to provide an environment in which everyone involved in the school community is valued and has equality of opportunity. We are ambitious for all our pupils and seek to remove barriers to the progress of any pupil. The school makes all children feel welcome and free from discrimination irrespective of individuality, race, language, gender, class, lifestyle, religion, cultural background, age, sexual orientation or disability. This Equality of opportunity is concerned with justice for all, raising expectations, and enabling each individual to fulfil his or her potential.
We have adopted an inclusive policy based on the principle of entitlement. We believe that all children are entitled to:
- Equality of opportunity and access to education.
- Learn, participate and form friendships with their peers.
- Have their skills developed and their abilities nurtured to enable them to maximise their potential and attainment to enhance self-esteem.
- Have any special educational needs identified as early as possible.
- Receive professional support, advice and resources to meet any identified special educational needs.
- Be treated with respect and have their views and opinions taken into account.
Our equality targets are as follows:
- Pupils who are entitled to Pupil Premium grant allocation to achieve levels of attainment that are in line with that of all pupils.
- At least 95% of pupils who have special educational needs or who are disabled (SEND) to make at least expected progress in reading, writing and maths. At least 40% to make better than expected progress in reading and writing and 35% to make better than expected progress in maths.
These targets will be reviewed at the end of each half-term as part of our self-evaluation programme.