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The world would be intensely boring if we were all the same. We are all different and at Navigation we are committed to equal opportunities for all our pupils, staff, parents, governors and all those in our community. We are committed to treating people equally because it is the right thing to do and reflects our school values. We also have a legal obligation under the Public Sector Equality Duty and the information below outlines some more information about this. Our equality objectives can be found at the bottom of the page.
What is the Public Sector Equality Duty?
The single Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) came into effect in April 2011 as a result of the Equality Act 2010. It requires public bodies to promote equality and replaced three pre-existing duties relating to disability, race and gender equality. The PSED applies to all maintained and independent schools, including academies, and maintained and non-maintained special schools.
The Department for Education (DfE) has published non-statutory advice that sets out schools' obligations under the PSED. Paragraph 5.1 explains that the PSED extends to the following protected characteristics:
These are derived from section 4 of the Equality Act 2010 and are protected by law.
Three Main Elements
Paragraph 5.1 of the DfE guidance explains that the PSED has three main elements. In carrying out their functions, public bodies are required to have due regard to the need to:
Paragraph 5.4 of the DfE's advice says that 'due regard' has been defined in case law and means giving "relevant and proportionate consideration to the duty". For schools, this means:
The PSED introduces secondary legislation in the form of specific duties. The duties require schools to:
Schools are required to update this published information at least annually and to publish objectives at least once every four years. These can be found in a separate document at the bottom of the page.
What does our school do to eliminate discrimination?
We have set a clear vision and values which expect all our staff to act in a non-discriminating manner and be mindful to avoid actions that will be deemed as such to the public and our wider community. We have up-to-date and ratified policies, which set out a clear message that discrimination is not tolerated: staff code of conduct, behaviour, anti-bullying, safeguarding and child protection. We understand that it is unlawful to fail to make reasonable adjustments to overcome barriers to using services caused by disability and one of our equalities objectives addresses this. The governing body and school leaders involved in recruitment will avoid unlawful discrimination in all aspects of employment including recruitment, promotion, opportunities for training, pay and benefits, discipline and selection for redundancy. We try to include examples of diversity throughout our curriculum. Through a structured PSHE curriculum offer, assemblies, workshops and visits, equalities will be discussed with and taught to the children, exemplifying the British Values and school values that we believe in.
Ways we improve equality of opportunity and involve individuals affected by inequality:
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