At Sutton Manor Community Primary School, we are committed to ensuring equality of education and
opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers, irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief,
religion or socio-economic background.
The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection from discrimination, harassment and
victimisation on the grounds of specific characteristics. For schools and academies, this means that it
is unlawful to discriminate against students or treat them less favourably because of their gender,
race, 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.
This requires us to:
• Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
• Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
• Foster good relations between different groups
In order to further support pupils, raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching, we have set the
- Actively close gaps in progress, attainment and achievement between pupils and all groups of pupils;
especially students eligible for free-school meals, students with special educational needs and
disabilities and looked after children, and those who may be disadvantaged.
- To monitor and promote the involvement of all groups of pupils in learning and school life, across
all activities to ensure equity and fairness in access and engagement in curricular and extra curricular activities, outside of school.
- To promote cultural understanding and awareness of different ethnic groups and religious beliefs
and increase student understanding of issues in different communities.
Each curriculum subject area has an equality of opportunity statement within their subject page under the curriculum tab. Our PSHE and RSE curricular also embrace equality and the protected characteristics.
Equality Act 2010
The General Public Sector Duty of the Equality Act 2010 requires schools, in the exercise of their functions and decisions, to have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
- Foster good relations between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
Sutton Manor Primary will take the following action as reasonable steps to demonstrate due regard to the General Duty of the Equality Act 2010:
- Produce a written equality policy identifying action to be taken to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between different groups across school activity.
- Ensure hate incidents and hate crime reporting is integrated within the School’s Anti Bullying Policy
- Audit the curriculum, and teaching and learning methods, to ensure they are accessible, inclusive in the language and representation used, promote inclusion and physical activity for disabled pupils, and challenge stereotypes to promote community cohesion and a positive image of a diverse community.
- Make reasonable adjustments to ensure that disabled staff, pupils and parents are not disadvantaged in employment or the provision of education, and have equality of access to information, facilities and other services at the School.
Equality Act 2010 (Section 10) requires schools to prepare and maintain an accessibility plan in order to
- increase the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school's curriculum
- improve the physical environment of the school for the purpose of increasing the extent to which disabled pupils are able to take advantage of education and benefits, facilities or services provided or offered by the school, and
- improve the delivery to disabled pupils of information which is readily accessible to pupils who are not disabled