Date agreed: September 2021
Next review date: December 2023
The public sector equality duty was created by the Equality Act 2010 and replaces the race, disability and gender equality duties. The duty came into force in April 2011 and covers age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
As an academy we strive to ensure that these are covered in our work on a daily basis, please see below our equality objectives. The action plan for these is attached.
|What this means for Willenhall E-ACT Academy
|Provide positive non-stereotyping information about gender roles, family units and diverse groups.
|We will actively seek to be gender neutral with regards to home/school communication. This includes not making assumptions over primary contact numbers and actively seeking to engage parents/carers of different genders in engaging with the life of the academy. This will include our parental workshop programme.
|We will review our application forms to ensure they do not favour one type of family set up.
|Our uniform policy will be gender neutral.
|Option subjects will work to dispel gender stereotypes around their subjects and actively promote update from different genders.
|We will review and update our display boards to ensure representation from a range of diverse backgrounds.
|We will include explicit teaching about different types of families in our Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education curriculum.
|Our Equality and Diversity Calendar will include events across the academy to celebrate a range of religious festivals.
|Our weekly Personal Development Bulletin will offer insight and weekly reflection into different cultures and religions.
|We will explicitly teach about gender roles and stereotyping in our PSHE curriculum.
|Students will be specifically taught about the Equality Act 2010 and the protected characteristics through personal development sessions.
|Improve our knowledge and understanding of discriminatory behaviours within our organisation.
|Our Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education lead will also be our Diversity Champion and they will ensure there is one event per term that aims to improve staff and students’ knowledge about discrimination.
|Our diversity champion will deliver training for all staff on the Equality Act 2010 and reasonable adjustments and this will form part of the new staff induction.
|Our E-ACT Ambassadors Group will work with our PSHE lead and student council to help us with a questionnaire to find out about whether staff, families and students feel there is discriminatory behaviour that we don’t know about or haven’t noticed.
|CPOMS will have clear separate categories for discrimination against the nine protected characteristics.
|We will log all discriminatory behaviour against any of the protected characteristics to enable us to monitor and identify any areas of concern where more education is needed for staff, students or families.
|Equality of opportunity: prepare students for life in a diverse society in which students are able to see their place in the local, regional and national and international community.
|We will ensure that visitors invited to speak to the students represent a diverse range of individuals.
|Weekly reflection sessions for students will give insight into wider global issues and allow enquiry into issues around diversity and discrimination.
|E-ACT Passport activities will provide students with the opportunity to experience wider life experiences away from the academy in order for students to visualise their possible future life choices.
|A range of local, national and international charity and raising awareness events throughout the year are carefully selected and delivered in order for students to gain an insight into the wider communities and the possible issues they face.
|Improve our experiences available to our students to ensure opportunities and access for all.
|We will make sure that all our students, regardless of disability, gender, race, religion, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy or age have equal opportunities in taking part in extra-curricular activities. We will collect information about those attending to evaluate representation and accessibility.
|We will actively look at ways of tackling any barriers that prevent accessibility. We will regularly obtain the views of all students, particularly those with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) and physical disabilities, to ensure that we are meeting their needs and making any necessary adjustments.