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Roding Primary School & Nursery with Provision for Deaf Children.

Roding Lane North, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 8NP

Public Sector Equality Duty

The Equality Act 2010 introduced a single Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) (sometimes also referred to as the ‘general duty’) that applies to public bodies, including maintained schools and Academies, and extends to certain protected characteristics - race, disability, sex, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity and gender reassignment. This combined equality duty came into effect in April 2011. It 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 Act,
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it,
  • Foster good relations across all characteristics - between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

The public sector equality duty (PSED) requires schools to prepare and publish equality objectives at least once every four years. Roding Primary School's objectives, are set out below.

How Roding Primary School meets our duty

Our principle means of meeting this duty is through our status as a Rights Respecting School. This is supported by the principles of the UNCRC (United Convention on the Rights of every Child), adopted and promoted through UNICEF. Children’s rights are at the heart of the school. The aim is that these exist as part of our ethos and culture and as a result will improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential, regardless of their background. The following articles from the UNCRC were chosen by our Article 12 Council and form our Whole School Charter.

Article 29
Every child has the right to an education that develops their personality, talents and abilities.

Article 30
Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family.

Article 31
Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

Article 12
Every child has the right to have a say in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.

Article 23
Any child with a disability has the right to have the same opportunities has everybody else.

Article 19
Every child has the right to be safe.

Through embedding these articles in our school values, we are confident that we meet our duty.

In addition, the school's policies and procedures ensure that equality is embedded at all levels through our approach to behaviour set out in our Behaviour policy, but also through analysis of our attainment data, which shows us where gaps may be around certain groups and allows us to identify interventions to address these. This is further evidenced through our Pupil Premium plan, which can be found under the Downloads section of the website. The school will also consider equalities in planning for school trips, for example, by giving consideration to whether trips:

  • Cut across any religious holidays
  • Are accessible to pupils with disabilities
  • Have equivalent facilities for boys and girls

Equality Objectives

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