The Equality Act 2010 replaced all previous equality legislation such as the Race Relations Act, Disability Discrimination Act and Sex Discrimination Act. Deyes High School seeks to promote equality and we celebrate the diversity within our community. We welcome the public sector equality duty as set out in the Equality Act (2010).
The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection on the grounds of specific characteristics (referred to as protected characteristics). For schools, this means that it is unlawful to discriminate against students or treat them less favourably because of their sex; race; disability; religion or belief; gender reassignment; sexual orientation; pregnancy or maternity.
At Deyes High School, we wish to create and maintain a trusting, secure and happy environment where everyone can work as equals. All members of the school community have responsibilities to promote equality of opportunity, experience, and treatment, and to challenge stereotypes. Our wider school community consists of a diverse range of people – employees, visitors, students, and parents/carers. We need to celebrate our differences, by understanding them and enjoying the diversity this brings.
As a public organisation, we are required to:
Our Equality Policy contains information about how the school complies with the Public Sector Equality Duty. We also give guidance to staff and outside visitors on our approach to promoting equality.
The Deyes Strategic Equality and Diversity Plan is an important and detailed document that identifies the areas of diversity, equality, and inclusion we intend to focus on over the next 3 years.
We publish equality objectives which show how we plan to tackle particular inequalities and reduce or remove them. Our Equality Objectives reflect the school's priorities and draw upon available data and other evidence. Careful analysis of these objectives is undertaken in order to ensure that we are working to achieve improved outcomes for different groups.
The schools chosen equality objectives are:
At Deyes we annually review how well we achieve our equality commitment with regards to the protected groups under the Equality Act (2010). We do this through conducting a detailed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Audit. This is completed by the Senior Leadership Team and quality assured by the Governing body, before being published to key stakeholders. This audit provides a framework to support our commitment to valuing diversity, tackling discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relationships between people. The results ensure that we can continue to tackle issues of disadvantage and underachievement of different groups at Deyes.
- The building of a new Maths Centre which includes automatic entrances and accessibility using a lift
- Additional disabled car parking by the main building
- Portal ramps for students requiring wheelchair access
- Providing individuals with individualised assessment of equipment and furniture upon entry to Deyes, in order to provide adequate desks, IT equipment, seating, stationary, overlays
*Further improvements to whole school accessibility will be achieved through the new school build which commenced in 2022.
To view the Lydiate Learning Trust Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Policy CLICK HERE
To view the Lydiate Learning Trust Diversity & Equality Statement CLICK HERE
To view the Deyes High School Strategic Equality Plan CLICK HERE
To view the Deyes High School Rights Respecting School Charter CLICK HERE
For further information, please see the Equalities Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty.