Public Sector Equality Duty

How we comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty

 The public sector Equality Duty (PSED) came into force in April 2011 and requires organisations to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations.

The duty has a key role to play in making sure that fairness is at the heart of public bodies’ work and that public services meet the needs of different groups.

The Equality Act 2010 requires us to publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard for the need to:

Eliminate unlawful  discrimination, harassment, victimisation  and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010  
Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it 
Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

 Brierley CE (VC) Primary School is an inclusive school where we focus on the well-being and progress of every child and where all members of our community are equally valued.

We believe that the Equality Act provides a framework to support our commitment to valuing diversity, tackling discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relationships between people. It also ensures that we continue to tackle issues of disadvantage and underachievement of different groups.

In order to make the whole curriculum and extra-curricular activities (including school trips) accessible for all pupils at the school; we foster a climate in which equality of opportunity is supported by a policy to which the whole school subscribes and in which positive attitudes to gender, equality, cultural diversity and special needs of all kinds are actively promoted.

Equal Opportunities are about assisting all children/individuals to fulfil their potential. There is a commitment to providing equal opportunities for all children and recognition that preparation for life in a diverse and multicultural society is relevant, thus permeating every aspect of the National Curriculum and Foundation Phase.

Guidance for Personal, Social and Health Education enables our children to:

 Recognise and value cultural differences and diversity

  •  Respect others, value their achievements and their uniqueness and recognise the importance of equality of opportunity
  •  Be moved by injustice, exploitation and denial of human rights
  • Understand cultural differences and recognise expressions of prejudice and stereotyping
  • Recognise and know how to challenge prejudice and stereotyping. 

Equality Information

Number of pupils on roll at the school: 214
Age of pupils: 4 to 11

Information on pupils by protected characteristics

The Equality Act 2010 protects people from discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics. Every person has several of the protected characteristics, so the Act protects everyone against unfair treatment.

In order to ensure that all pupils are protected from discrimination, the school collects information on protected characteristics.

Information on other groups of pupils

In addition to pupils with protected characteristics, we gather further information on the following groups of pupils:

  • Pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM)
  • Pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN)
  • Disadvantaged group
  • Pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • Young carers
  • Looked after children
  • Other vulnerable groups

It may be possible to identify individuals from the information provided when the number of pupils with a particular characteristic is low and the information is sensitive personal information. In these cases we have indicated this by an asterisk*.  






Black - African





Other Mixed Background





White - English 95




White - Scottish





White And Asian





White And Black African





White And Black Caribbean                                                                                                      





White And Chinese





White Eastern European





White European





White Other





214 children

Gender: 48% male, 52% female

Pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM): 21.96 %

Pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Funding – Disadvantage group:  26.6%

Pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) 18.22%

Pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL): 2.87%

Young carers: 0

Looked after children: 0.48%

Previously Looked After Children: 3.8%

Through rigorous tracking and monitoring of individuals and of all the groups of children, including progress and attainment, and by providing equal opportunities to access the curriculum and activities, we aim to ensure that any gap in attainment for pupils within any of the above different groups is removed, or at least remains less than the gap nationally.

Eliminating discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act

The information provided here aims to demonstrate that we give careful consideration to equality issues in everything that we do at Brierley CE Primary School. ‘Due regard’ ensures that we work towards eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act.

We are committed to working for equality for all our staff, parents/carers and children to meet our duties under the Equality Act 2010.

We eliminate discrimination by:

  • Our behaviour policy ensures that all children feel safe at school and addresses prejudicial bullying
  • Reporting, responding to and monitoring all racist incidents
  • Regularly monitoring the curriculum to ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of our pupils and that it promotes respect for diversity and challenges negative stereotyping
  • Teaching is of the highest quality to ensure children reach their potential and all pupils are given equal entitlement to success
  • Tracking pupil progress to ensure that all children make rapid progress, and intervening when necessary
  • Ensuring that all pupils have the opportunity to access extra-curricular provision
  • Listening to and monitoring views and experiences of pupils and adults to evaluate the effectiveness of our policies and procedures.

Advancing equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it

We advance equality of opportunity by:

  • Using the information we gather to identify underachieving groups or individuals and plan targeted intervention
  • Ensuring participation of  parents/carers and pupils in school development
  • Listening to parents/carers
  • Listening to pupils at all times

Fostering good relations across all characteristics - between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it

We foster good relations by:

  • Ensuring that Brierley CE Primary School is seen as a community school within our local community
  • Ensuring that equality and diversity are embedded in the curriculum and in collective worship.

Equality Objectives

At Brierley CE 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.

In order to further support pupils, raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching, we have set  the following objectives:-

Objective 1: Dealing with prejudice

To ensure that our pupils and the school community understand that we live in a diverse country that recognises and celebrates difference through the teaching of our rich curriculum and underpinned by our church school vision and British values

Objective 2: Celebrating diversity

To ensure that the school teaches and celebrates diverse forms of family life

 Objective 3: Facilitating equality in the workplace

To ensure the school’s HR procedures do not inadvertently discriminate against staff who have flexible working contracts

 Objective 4: Enabling representation

To ensure the school’s governing board is representative of the school’s local community

 Objective 5: Supporting inclusion

To ensure all areas of the school are as accessible as possible for all members of the school community

Objective 6: Supporting achievement

 To monitor and analyse pupil achievement by race, gender and disability and act on any trends or patterns in the data that require additional support for pupils.

How our Governing Body will ensure we promote equality to achieve Objective 1: 

Liaise with subject leaders and senior leaders to monitor the provision, implementation and impact of PSHE/RSHE/RE curriculum and to ensure that christian Values and British Values are underpinning the school ethos.
Promote continuous professional development led by the Diocese and other experts to ensure that our school community understands that we live in a diverse country that recognises, celebrates and tolerates different views, faiths and cultures.
Pomote equality, tolerance, difference and diversity through  assemblies, discussions , lessons and presentations engaging the wider school commuity when possible.
Monitor record keeping and challenge  any discriminatory behaviours within the school community, ensuring actions are carried through.


How our Governing Body will ensure we promote equality to achieve Objective 2:

Through promoting the acceptance of diverse families with the school community and church 


How our Governing Body will ensure we promote equality to achieve Objective 3:

Through active particaption in apointments of staff and the approval of flexible working contracts. Through liaising with staff during visits to school to monitor  staff inclusion


How our Governing Body will ensure we promote equality to achieve Objective 4:

Through engaging with the wider school community and promoting other clergy of different denominations to participate in school and parish life


How our Governing Body will ensure we promote equality to achieve Objective 5:

Carry out school visits to ensure accessbility of the building and grounds for the whole school community. Pariticpate in learning walks  and check records to monitor particpation in activities. Challlenge leaders to carry out inclusive practice for the school community when planning and preparing activities and  events 


How our Governing Body will ensure we promote equality to achieve Objective 6:

Through visits to the school, identify any potential inequality in achievement  and attainment and work in an advisory capacity to ensure that the school is attempting to eliminate and advance equality
Through challenging leaders, develop a good understanding of achievement and strategies in place to support underachieving pupils



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