The Equality Act 2010 places a duty on Stratford School Academy as a public body, to have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010.
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share, what is called protected characteristic and those who do not.
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
The protected characteristics that, as a school, we have to think about are:
- Gender Reassignment
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Religion or Belief
- Sexual Orientation
Discrimination can be direct or indirect.
Direct discrimination occurs when a person treats another less favourably (than they treat or would treat others) because of a protected characteristic.
Direct discrimination also occurs when a person treats another less favourably because she or he (mistakenly) believes this other person has a protected characteristic or because someone this other person is associated with has a protected characteristic.
At Stratford School Academy we demonstrate our public sector duty to promote equality for all as follows.
Eliminating discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2012
All school policies, whether they apply to teachers, other employees or pupils are checked to make sure that they do not impact less favourably on those who have a protected characteristic.
Incidents of misconduct are checked to see if they are in any way motivated by direct or indirect discrimination. If misconduct is found to be in any way discriminatory then it is dealt with using the school’s discipline rules for pupils and staff. Logs of any such incidents are kept and are reviewed by the schools senior staff and Governors.
Advancing equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not.
The relative performance of the various groups that make up our pupil body is checked and monitored and, where differences are found, they are considered and where necessary we take action to address the problem.
Almost all of our pupils stay in education after they leave us at 16 and many will go on to University. We have a wide compulsory curriculum to make sure that none of our pupils, once they have left us, find that they cannot follow a particular path because of what they studied at Stratford School Academy.
All students who want to can achieve the English Baccalaureate, that is GCSEs, in English Language, Mathematics, Double (or Triple) Science, Geography or History and a modern foreign language, in our case French or Spanish.
Where students are identified as needing catch up programmes to ensure their good academic progress, these are provided.
Fostering good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not.
Through daily reflections and assemblies the school stresses its values and the importance of ensuring those with a protected characteristic are treated no less favourably than those who do not have such a characteristic.
Our school ethos statement, which is part of our admissions arrangements, makes clear our commitment to foster goods relations within our school community.
Click below for our current Equality Objectives