St Mary's aims to meet its obligations under the public sector equality duty by having due regard to the need to:
- eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
- 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
As set out in the DfE guidance on the Equality Act, St Mary's aims to advance equality of opportunity by:
- removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people which are connected to a particular characteristic they have
- taking steps to meet the particular needs of people who have a particular characteristic
- encouraging people who have a particular characteristic to participate fully in any activities
In fulfilling this aspect of the duty, the school will:
- publish attainment data each academic year showing how pupils with different characteristics are performing
- analyse the above data to determine strengths and areas for improvement, implement actions in response and publish this information
- make evidence available identifying improvements for specific groups
St Mary's aims to foster good relations between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not share it by:
- promoting tolerance, friendship and understanding of a range of religions and cultures through different aspects of our curriculum. This includes teaching in RE, Relationships and Health Education (RHE) and personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, but also activities in other curriculum areas. For example, as part of teaching and learning in English/reading, pupils will be introduced to literature from a range of cultures.
- holding assemblies dealing with relevant issues. Pupils will be encouraged to take a lead in such assemblies and we will also invite external speakers to contribute.
- encouraging and implementing initiatives to deal with tensions between different groups of pupils within the school. For example, our school council has representatives from different year groups and is formed of pupils from a range of backgrounds. All pupils are encouraged to participate in the school’s activities, such as sports clubs.