The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against anyone because of age, gender, race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment and pregnancy or maternity (the protected characteristics). It placed a duty on public bodies 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.
Sacred Heart is a very diverse, inner-city school. The proportions of our children who are from minority ethnic backgrounds, have English as an additional language, or are known to be eligible for free school meals are all well above average. As at October 2019, 77 per cent of our staff are female and 10 per cent are from minority ethnic backgrounds.
Details of how we comply with the public sector equality duty, and our equality objectives, are in the policy below.