St. George’s (CE) Primary School values the fact that it is enriched by the diversity of its community, and stands up against discrimination and inequality. The Equality Act (2010) was introduced to combine the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, Race Relations Act 1976 and Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Previously public bodies were bound by these three sets of duties to promote disability, race and gender equality. In April 2011 these were replaced by the single Public Sector Equality Duty (known as the PESD). This new Equality Duty extends to all aspects of a person’s identity that are protected under the Equality Act 2010. These are known as protected characteristics and are:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
At St George’s CEP School we have a general duty to have due regard when making decisions and developing policies, to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination
- Promote equality of opportunity
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
In order to meet the General Equality Duty, there are two specific duties that we are required to carry out:
1. To publish information to demonstrate how we are complying with the Equality Duty. This must be updated at least annually.
2. To prepare and publish one or more specific and measurable equality objectives at least every four years.
At the moment we have objectives that set out our plans to reduce discrimination amongst two groups of people: the disabled and the economically disadvantaged. We welcome your views on these objectives, and on any other areas of potential discrimination or inequality.
Direct your views to or address written views to the school. If you would like to chat about this subject, please phone or call in.
We are also asked to publish a report on the use of our Pupil Premium. This is extra funding given to schools to support the education of children in certain categories: those who receive, or have received, free school meals, children in the care of the local authority (looked after children) and children of service families.