What is the Public Sector Equality Duty (the PSED)?
The Public Sector Equality Duty requires public bodies to promote equality. This requires all public bodies to recognise and prevent discrimination against all protected characteristics. These are:
All schools are required to meet their obligations under the public sector equality duty. Hertford St Andrew does this by having due regard to the need to:
The school has a developed range of policies which make explicit our deeply held commitment to actively promoting equality of opportunity for all.
The main policies or statements that deal with equality of opportunity are:
Hertford St Andrews is fully compliant with all legislation relating to equality, including but not limited to:
Hertford St Andrew's Equality Duty can be read in full below
Equality Objectives beginning Academic year 2023-2024
Under the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) the school is required to set Equality Objectives. Our published information must be updated annually and objectives published at least once every four years. These objectives directly link to the school’s Accessibility Plan and are explained in detail in our Equality Duty document.
Objective 1: To train all members of staff and governors on SEND, equal opportunities and non-discrimination and ensuring that all new starters are inducted into this training. This will support our development of a non-discriminatory culture.
Objective 2: To ensure that future reviews of all school policies are informed by our PSED objectives from October 2023.
Objective 3: To further develop and embed our school curriculum so that in meeting the needs of our children, all protected characteristics are considered and children learn the importance of tolerance, acceptance, respect for difference, and the importance of equity of opportunity. This will be taught in a way suited to the children's levels of development.