The Basildon Academies Trust aims to meet its obligations under the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) by having due regard to the need to:
Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is 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 across all characteristics – between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
Under the Equality Act 2010 public bodies must publish equality objectives. In order to meet the obligations under the public sector equality duty we have identified the following as objectives for the trust and its schools.
OUR EQUALITY OBJECTIVES
As set out in the DfE guidance on the Equality Act, the trust aims to advance equality of opportunity by:
- Removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people which are connected to a particular characteristic they have
- Taking steps to meet the particular needs of people who have a particular characteristic
- Encouraging people who have a particular characteristic to participate fully in any activities (e.g. encouraging all students to be involved in the full range of school societies)
Our students have agency over the values we promote as an Academy. Our 6 student led values represent our role as UNICEF Gold Rights Respecting Ambassadors, the values of our curriculum and are at the heart of our work in promoting activism in our young people.
The trust stands against all forms of discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or ability.
This is achieved through the following objectives:
1. Promotion of cultural understanding and awareness of different religious beliefs between different ethnic groups within our school community.
2. Monitoring and promotion of the involvement of all groups of students in the extra-curricular life of the school, including leadership opportunities, especially students with special educational needs and disabilities.
3. Actively close gaps in attainment and achievement between students and all groups of students; especially students eligible for free-school meals, students with special educational needs and disabilities, looked after children and students from minority ethnic groups.
4. Ensure accessibility across the school for students, staff and visitors with disabilities, including access to specialist teaching areas.
5. Endeavour to ensure diversity in the staff body and in leadership roles.
6. The deliberate promotion of our academy student led values in all aspects of academy life, including our curriculum, to all stakeholders.
7. Review relevant school policies to ensure they clearly reflect the aim of inclusivity.
To view the full Equality & Diversity statement click here