The Single Equality Act, which came into place on October 1st, 2010, brought together the duties set out in our Race, Disability and Gender policies into one single Public Sector Equality Duty. The Single Equality Act combines the existing three duties into one new Public Sector Equality Duty that covers all nine of the protected characteristics:
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
At St Joseph’s Primary School we will ensure that at every level, in all our work and throughout all aspects of the school community and its life, all will be treated equally. The new General Duty replaces the three existing public sector equality duties for disability, race and gender.
It covers all protected characteristics and has three main aims requiring public bodies to have due regard to the need for:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited under the Equality Act 2010.
- Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
- Foster good relations between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
St Joseph’s Primary School is committed to:
- Dealing with and eliminating prejudiced based incidents
- Closing the gap in attainment for all children
- Engagement with local communities
- Policies and practices that promote equality and address inequalities
The Leadership Team and Governors at St Joseph’s Primary School will annually review how well we achieve these aims with regard to the protected groups under the Equality Act.