Public Sector Equality Duty
The PSED or Public Sector Equality Duty came into effect in April 2011 and has three main parts. This duty replaces all previous duties (for example the Disability Discrimination Act, 2001 and Disability Equality Duty, 2005). Public bodies, including schools 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.
We have an accessibility plan in place which forms part of the policies we have in place to ensure that pupils, staff and other stakeholders such as parents and visitors to school receive equal opportunities in the protected characteristics (e.g. age, race, disability, gender).
We are continually trying to improve the school environment and curriculum to make it easier for all pupils, parents, staff and visitors to access the building and services we provide. In addition we are looking at ways to improve our spoken and written communication between the school and our pupils, parents and other interested parties.
For the school year we work through our objectives using a cohesive Accessibility Plan.
SS John and Monica's Catholic Primary School is an inclusive, welcoming and safe community and we want everyone who spends time with us to feel supported and have access to whatever they need to make their time with us run smoothly. If there is anything we can do make it easier for you to visit our school or access the information we provide then please ask us and we will do our best to help you.
If you have any specific needs that you wish to discuss with us, please make an appointment and we will be happy to see you.
Please see our Public Sector Equality Duty Policy on our policies page.
Promoting the Protected Characteristics at SS John and Monica Catholic Primary School
We work to ensure that our children understand that:
• Everyone is included
• Everyone is different
• We celebrate our differences
• We are all equal in our differences
The Equality Act became law in 2010. It covers everyone in Britain and protects people from discrimination, harassment and victimisation. Everyone in Britain is protected. This is because the Equality Act protects people against discrimination because of the protected characteristics that we all have. Under the Equality Act, there are nine Protected Characteristics:
Religion or belief
Marriage or civil partnership
Pregnancy and maternity
At SS John ad Monica Catholic Primary School, we actively promote these in our curriculum and work to embed them into our ethos.
Public Sector Equality Duty Policy