EQUALITY OBJECTIVES 2021/22

The Public Sector Equality Duty 2011 has three aims under the general duty for Schools, Academies and Settings:

1. Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act. By removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics.

2. Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not. By taking steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people.

3. Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not. By encouraging people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.

Barrow CEVC Primary Schoolhas considered how well we currently achieve these aims with regard to the eight protected equality groups: race/disability/sex/gender reassignment/age/pregnancy and maternity/religion and belief and sexual orientation.

In compiling this equality information we have:

 - Identified evidence already in the setting of equality within policies and practice and identified gaps.
 - Examined how our setting engages with the protected groups, identifying where practice could be improved.

By the end of the 2021/22 academic year we will aim to meet the following objectives:

Objective 1: Continue to develop and implement the ‘enriching school life’ action plan which systematically encourages children to learn about the 8 protected groups. Work with the Church of England on SRE education and discussion of LGBTQ issues.

Actions:
- Partner with Lorraine Prince in developing overseas partnerships
- Link with Gemma Kingston C of E Education Officer for the Diocese
- Celebrate the ‘protected characteristics’ learning each half term and share with stakeholders.
- Increase trips, visits and visitors to encourage relationship-building with a wider and more diverse population

Objective 2: Update training for staff and governors involved in recruitment on equal opportunities and non-discrimination. Training evaluation data will show that 100% of those attending have a good understanding of the legal requirements.
  
Actions:
   - Keep a central record of staff and governors who have attended appropriate training - Arrange for staff and governors to attend Safer Recruitment training where needed
  - Train school staff on responding to Prejudice Related Incidents

Objective 3: Undertake an analysis of recruitment data and trends with regard to race, gender and disability by July, and report on this to the Resources and Finance sub-committee of the governing board. 

Actions:
   - Headteacher and school Bursar to carry out analysis of historical recruitment data, searching for trends over the last 3 years.
   - HT to complete report for submission to governors.
   - Report to inform objectives set for academic year 2020/21.