Equalities Information and Objectives
We at Consett Junior School are committed to equality.
We aim for every pupil to fulfil their potential no matter what his/her background or personal circumstances. We maintain the aim of embedding principles of fairness and equality across our entire curriculum, in assemblies and acts of collective worship, in break and lunchtimes, in pastoral support and in after school activities.
We must under the general duty of public sector equality duty, in the exercise of our functions, have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited under the Act;
- Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;
- Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
This will apply to all pupils, staff and others using the facilities. We will give relevant and proportionate consideration to the public sector equality duty.
We will have due regard to advancing equality of opportunity which includes making serious consideration of the need to:
- remove or minimise disadvantages suffered by persons who share relevant protected characteristic that are connected to that characteristic;
- take steps to meet the needs of persons who share a protected characteristic that is different from the needs of persons who do not share it;
- encourage persons who share relevant protected characteristics to participate in public life or in any activity in which participation by such persons is disproportionately low.
We will consider the six Brown principles of ‘due regard’:
- awareness – all staff know and understand what the law requires
- timeliness – implications considered before they are implemented
- rigour – open-minded and rigorous analysis, including parent/pupil voice
- non-delegation – the Public Sector Equality Duty cannot be delegated
- continuous – ongoing all academic year
- record-keeping –keep notes and records of decisions and meetings.
The protected characteristics for the school’s provisions are:
- Gender reassignment
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Age and marriage and civil partnership are NOT protected characteristics for the schools provisions.
We welcome the opportunity to be transparent and accountable. To this end we fulfil the specific duties of the Act by:
publishing our equality information
publishing our equality objectives
We aim to make the information accessible, easy to read and easy to find.
Equality Objectives (2021-2025)
These relate to:
Fostering good relationships
Enhancing equality of opportunity
Promoting understanding of discrimination
- Further develop our work in fostering good relationships linked to age, disability and religion.
- Further enhance the curriculum to cover equality issues, tackle prejudice and promote community cohesion
- Ensure that teaching and curriculum materials reflect positive images of disabled people, men and women in non-stereotypical roles, gay men and lesbians, and people from a wide range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
- Further promote understanding of discrimination through education, curriculum and resources linked to the protected characteristics of ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Consult and work in partnership with governors, parents, carers and other stakeholders, and local groups and organisations on equality objectives and keep a record of all consultations in order to assess impact.
- For all staff, including lunchtime supervisors and coaches, to be fully aware that a log of numbers of bullying, in particular racial and homophobic, may reflect good recording rather than a high level of bullying, and to continue to log and record all forms of bullying according to school procedure.
- For pupils’ attitudes towards cultural diversity in different religions, ethnic and socio-economic groups locally, nationally and globally to be shown in their interest in exploring, gaining understanding and showing respect.