The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of specific characteristics (referred to as protected characteristics). For schools, this means that it is unlawful to discriminate against students or treat them less favourably because of their gender; race; disability; religion or belief; gender reassignment; sexual orientation; pregnancy or maternity. Marriage and civil partnerships and age are also ‘protected characteristics’, but do not apply to our provision for students.
Under the Act, the school is expected to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty. This requires us to:
- eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation;
- advance equality of opportunity between different groups; and
- foster good relations between different groups.
As a public organisation, we are required to:
- publish information to show compliance with the Equality Duty; and
- publish Equality Objectives which are specific and measurable.
Our Equality information and objectives (public sector equality duty) statement contains information about how the School complies with the Public Sector Equality Duty. We also give guidance to staff and outside visitors on our approach to promoting equality.
Our Equality Objectives reflect the school’s priorities and draw upon available data and other evidence. Careful analysis of this is undertaken in order to ensure that we are working to achieve improved outcomes for different groups. We use performance data to monitor student achievement and respond to variations between groups of learners, subjects, courses and key stages, trends over time and comparisons with other schools. We raise awareness and the skills of staff to promote fairness, equality and good relations in the context of their role.
Our Equality Objectives are:
- To ensure that all students are given the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the life of the school
- To provide an environment that welcomes, protects and respects diversity and equality
- To provide regular training to all members of staff on the Equality Act 2010, equal opportunities and the protected characteristics.
For further information regarding how we promote equality and diversity at Murray Park School, please click on the links to read our Equality information and objectives statement and our Equal Opportunity Policy.