The Equality Act 2010 introduced a single Public Sector Equality Duty that applies to public bodies, including maintained schools and extends to certain protected characteristics such as 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, schools 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.
This duty is fundamental to our work at Nightingale and underpins everything we do.
Details of how Nightingale is complying with the Public Sector Duty is updated annually and will be available here before the end of this current school year.
Nightingale’s equality objectives are:
– to ensure every student achieves their potential while at Nightingale
– to ensure the best possible outcomes for all students
– to continue to promote the emotional health and wellbeing of all students and staff
The equality objectives will be reviewed and updated regularly.