Advance equality of opportunity
Foster good relations
We understand the principle of the Act and the work needed to ensure that those with protected characteristics are not discriminated against and are given equality of opportunity.
A protected characteristic under the act covers the groups listed below:
- age (for employees not for service provision),
- gender reassignment
- maternity and pregnancy
- religion and belief, and
- sexual identity
- Marriage and Civil Partnership (for employees)
In order to meet our general duties, listed above, the law requires us to do some specific duties to demonstrate how we meet the general duties. These are to:
- Publish equality information – to demonstrate compliance with the general duty across its functions
(We will not publish any information that can specifically identify any individual child or adult)
- Prepare and publish equality objectives
To do this we will collect data related to the protected characteristics above and analyse this data to determine our focus for our equality objectives. The data will be assessed across our core provisions as schools. This will include the following functions:
- Prejudice related incidents
- Analysis of behavioural intervention
- Targets as part of Individual Education Plans
- Access to opportunities in the wider community
Our objectives will detail how we will ensure equality is applied, however where we find evidence that other functions have a significant impact on any particular group we will include work in this area.
We also welcome our duty under the Education and Inspections Act 2006 to promote community cohesion.
We recognise that these duties reflect international human rights standards as expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and the Human Rights Act 1998.
In fulfilling our legal obligations, we will be guided by seven core statements:
- All learners are of equal value.
- Wren Spinney recognises, welcomes and respects diversity.
- Wren Spinney fosters positive attitudes and relationships, and a shared sense of belonging.
- Wren Spinney observes good equalities practice, including staff recruitment, retention and development.
- Wren Spinney aims to reduce and remove existing inequalities and barriers.
- Wren Spinney consults and involves widely.
- Wren Spinney strives to ensure that society will benefit.