Equality Documents

Stenewall Education Equality IndexLearn Sheffield introduced an Equalities page within the partnership section of the website earlier this year. It provides a home for key documents and resources which support the equality agenda. It currently includes policy documents and information about the Equality Act, making adjustments for disabled pupils, religious festivals and prejudice related incidents.

A working group has been formed to bring together colleagues from Learn Sheffield, Sheffield City Council and others, including the Sheena Amos Youth Trust (SAYiT) and Stonewall, to consider the offer to schools in relation to equalities education. Look out for training opportunities and more in the 2017/18 school year.

Equalities

Reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils

Schools and education authorities have had a duty to provide reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils since 2002 (originally under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (the DDA) and, from October 2010, under the Equality Act 2010. This guide will help school leaders and education authorities understand and comply with the reasonable adjustments duty. It will also help disabled pupils and their parents understand the duty.

The reasonable adjustments duty for schools and education authorities now includes a duty to provide auxiliary aids and services for disabled pupils. The duty to provide auxiliary aids also applies in other contexts such as employment, service provision and further and higher education. This guide will help to explain how the requirement to include auxiliary aids and services in the reasonable adjustments duty will work in schools and education authorities.

The focus of this guide is on the practical implementation of the reasonable adjustments duty in schools. It includes case studies showing how the duty can be applied in contexts which will be familiar to teachers. The guide also gives answers to frequently asked questions about the reasonable adjustments duty.

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Policy Info Web Links Data & Documents

Policy Documents/Information

Equality Act 2010 School Toolkit (Sheffield LA)
Equality Act 2010 Information (Sheffield LA)

Prejudice related incidents

Parents see bullying as a key concern about their children’s safety and wellbeing and it is a high concern for children and young people.

Bullying and prejudice-based incidents are a key concern around a child’s safety and wellbeing. The Anti Bullying Alliance has produced a briefing on Bullying and the Law for schools.

Guidance has been produced on the recording and reporting of bullying and prejudice related incidents for Sheffield schools which is found Here.

Community Cohesion

Community Cohesion is about recognising, supporting and valuing diversity. It is about creating an environment where there is mutual respect and appreciation of the similarities and differences that make people unique. Guidance has been produced for schools which can be downloaded HERE.

Equality Act 2010 - Information

The Equality Act 2010 has simplified anti-discrimination laws by having a single Equality Act. This makes it easier for people to understand and comply with the law.

The Equality Act covers nine protected characteristics, which cannot be used as a reason to treat people unfairly. Every person has one or more of the protected characteristics, so the Equality Act protects everyone against unfair treatment.

The Equality Act makes it unlawful to treat someone differently, by direct or indirect discrimination, harassment, and victimisation and by failing to make a reasonable adjustment for a disabled person.

All public bodies including:

  • local authorities
  • Schools, colleges and other state-funded educational settings (including academies) are bound by the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED).

The modernised legal framework built on the previous public sector duties on race, disability and gender and requires you to have due regard to the need to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, and victimisation;
  • advance equality of opportunity; and
  • foster good relations.

To fulfil the aims of the general duty, schools have had two sets of specific duties place on them. These are:

  • To publish information which demonstrates their compliance with the duty to have due regard for the three aims of the general duty.
  • To prepare and publish specific and measurable objectives which they will pursue over the coming years to achieve the three aims.
The duty to publish information

The first specific duty placed a requirement on schools to publish information from April 2012 and annually thereafter.

The duty to set objectives

The second specific duty placed a requirement on schools to set objectives by 6April 2012 and no more than four years later. We have produced a MODEL POLICY for schools to adapt for their own use.

The emphasis of the PSED is on transparency and making information available so that the local community can see how, and through which key objectives, the school is advancing equality.

Web Links

Stonewall Education Resources
Show Racism the Red Card
Equality and Human Rights Commission - Secondary Resources
Equality and Human Rights Commission - Primary Resources
Schools Out UK
Gendered Intelligence
Sheena Amos Youth Trust

Religious holidays and festivals

The BBC has produced a helpful timeline of the major religious holidays and festivals in the UK

Data

We are proud that Sheffield is in the top ten LAs in the country in the Stonewall Education Equality Index for 2016, as it has been consistently.

 

Documents

Sheena Amos Youth Trust annual events calendar
Equality & Diversity Days 2017