Stone Church pf England Combined School

'Love one another as I have loved you' (John 13:34-35) Helping each other to reach for the stars

Equality Information

Stone Church of England Combined School is committed to the principle of equality for all, irrespective of race, religion, gender, language, disability or family background and to the active support of initiatives designed to further this principle. We believe that equality is at the heart of good educational practice. All pupils are of equal value and deserve equal access to every aspect of school life.

Our Equalities and Cohesion Policy can be found on our policy page. `This policy and page outlines how we comply to the public sector duty. 

Our Equality Principles: 2024 - 2025

  Below are our current equality objectives in line with our SDP and SEF: 

Objective 1: To continue to promote a tolerant and inclusive school community where all feel safe and valued.

Objective 2: To monitor and analyse pupil achievement by race, gender, vulnerable/disadvantage and disability in all subjects and act on any trends or patterns in the data that require additional support for pupils.
Objective 3: To ensure our curriculum extends beyond the academic and provides a wide range of opportunities to nurture, develop and stretch all pupils’ talents and interests
Objective 4: To continue to enhance the mental and physical health and well-being of all children instilling a growth mindset in all children.

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.

Protected Characteristics
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: Race, disability, sex, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment

Three Main Elements
Paragraph 5.1 of the document 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:

  • 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, and between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it

Due Regard
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:
Decision makers must be aware of the duty to have due regard when making a decision or taking an action, and must assess whether it may have implications for people with particular protected characteristics

Schools should consider equality implications before and at the time that they develop policy and take decisions, not as an afterthought, and they need to keep them under review on a continuing basis

The PSED has to be integrated into the carrying out of the school’s functions, and the analysis necessary to comply with the duty has to be carried out seriously, rigorously and with an open mind

Specific Duties
The PSED introduces secondary legislation in the form of specific duties. The duties require schools to:

Publish information to demonstrate how they are complying with the PSED. This information must include, in particular, information relating to people who share a protected characteristic

Prepare and publish equality objectives

Schools are required to update this published information at least annually and to publish objectives at least once every four years.

What does our school do to eliminate discrimination?

  • Promote an inclusive and collaborative ethos

  • Challenge prejudice and discrimination

  • Deal fairly and professionally with any prejudice-related incidents that may occur

  • Plan and deliver lessons that reflect the school’s principles, for example, in providing materials that give positive images in terms of race, gender and disability

  • Maintain the highest expectations of success for all students

  • Support different groups of students in their class through adaptations in teaching and learning, especially those who may find aspects of academic learning difficult

  • Personify and Promote our inclusive vision statement at all times