Public Sector Equality Duty Statement

1          Rationale and implementation

This document describes how the Governing Body of Edward Peake C of E (VC) Middle School intends to fulfil its responsibilities under the Public Sector Equality Duty with regard to its workforce. The Equality Objectives will be part of the School Development Plan.

1.1        We will have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct 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 between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not share it.

1.2        We will collect and use equality information to help us to:

  •  Identify key issues;
  • Understand the impact of our policies, practices and decisions on people with different protected characteristics, and use the information to plan and work effectively;
  • Assess any unlawful discrimination that may unintentionally arise from any of our functions;
  • Identify what the key equality issues are for our organisation.

1.3    We will assess our performance by:

  • Benchmarking our performance and processes against those of similar organisations, nationally or locally.

1.4     On identifying any real or potential issues, we will take action by:

  • Considering taking steps to meet the needs of staff who share relevant protected characteristics;
  • Identifying if there are any actions we can take to avoid discrimination and harassment, advance equality of opportunity or foster good relations;
  • Making informed decisions about policies and practices which are based on evidence about the impact of our activities on equality;
  • Developing equality objectives to meet the specific duties;
  • Having due regard to the aims of the general equality duty by ensuring that staff have appropriate information for decision-making.

1.5      We will work towards developing an equality profile of staff to help us to understand key equality issues in our workforce, including any evidence of pay gaps or ‘occupational segregation’ i.e. staff with certain protected characteristics being over-represented in particular roles, for example, women as cleaners, or at certain grades. In addition, we note that it is likely to be useful to collect and consider information, appropriately disaggregated, about:

  • recruitment and promotion
  • numbers of part-time and full-time staff
  • pay and remuneration
  • training
  • return to work of women on maternity leave
  • return to work of disabled employees following sick leave relating to their disability
  • appraisals
  • grievances (including about harassment)
  • disciplinary action (including for harassment)
  • dismissals and other reasons for leaving.
  1. Publication of Equality Information

2.1       We will collect and use sufficient workforce information to effectively meet the general equality duty. Where relevant, we will publish proportionate information on our website outlining the impact of our employment functions on people with the different protected characteristics in order to demonstrate compliance with the general equality duty.

To view our Equality Objectives, please click here.

To view our Equality Duty Compliance document, please click here.

To view our Equality Policy for School Staff, please click here.