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At Sandy Secondary School we want to help everyone to find their place in the world. We do not tolerate discrimination against any person in our school community and celebrate the things which make us unique, such as the diversity in our race, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability or neurodivergence. We strive for an inclusive culture that inspires us to do new things, to be bold and to speak openly about the issues that impact us. At Sandy Secondary School we believe that we all have the potential to achieve at school, but only by working together can we achieve excellence beyond belief.
The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of specific characteristics (referred to as protected characteristics). For schools, this means that it is unlawful to discriminate against individuals or treat them less favourably because of their gender; race; age; disability; religion or belief; gender reassignment; sexual orientation; pregnancy or maternity.
Under the Act, the school is expected to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED). This requires us to:
Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
Foster good relations between different groups
As a public organisation, we are required to:
Have due regard to the PSED when making decisions or developing policy and practice.
Publish information to show compliance with the Equality Duty. This is done via our Equalities Policy.
Publish Equality Objectives which are specific and measurable.
Our Equalities Policy is in line with national guidance and contains information about how the school complies with the Public Sector Equality Duty. We also give guidance to staff and the wider school community on our approach to promoting equality
Our Equality Objectives reflect the school's priorities, our values and draw upon available data and other evidence. Careful analysis of this is undertaken in order to ensure that we are working to achieve improved outcomes for different groups.
Equality Objectives for 2022-23:
To continue to provide a school environment that welcomes, protects and respects diverse people.
To continue to close the gaps in attainment and achievement between students and all groups of students; especially boys and girls, disadvantaged students, students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Looked After Children, and students from different heritage groups.
To ensure that all students are given the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the life of the school, particularly focusing on developing leadership opportunities for all students.
To eradicate the use of homophobic, sexist, racist and other discriminative language by students in the school.
To review the accessibility across the school for students, staff and visitors with disabilities, including access to specialist teaching areas.
These objectives will be reviewed annually.