Public Sector Equality Duty

This general duty requires public bodies (including schools) to have due regard to equalities and meet the three aims of the Act:

  •  To eliminate discrimination, harassment or victimisation and any others conduct prohibited under the Act.
  •  Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
  •  Foster good relations between persons who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

At Sandside Lodge School our policies and practices enable us to meet our general public sector equality duties. Some examples are:

  •  The school has data on its composition broken down by year group, ethnicity, gender and types of disability or special educational need.
  •  There are statements of the school¡¦s commitment to equalities duties in various school documents.
  •  Equalities matters are included in the school¡¦s CPD / induction.
  •  A senior member of staff has special responsibility for equalities matters.
  •  Equalities are considered prior to any changes in policy / procedure.


So far as possible our equality objectives are fully integrated into the School Improvement and Development Plan. From September 2012 our equalities objectives are:

Narrowing the gaps -

  •  To narrow the gap in participation in the public life of the school between pupils with different special educational needs and of different ages.
  •  To narrow the gap in progress that pupils of all disabilities and special educational needs make between English and the other core subjects of mathematics and science.

Fostering good relationships -

  •  To promote and enhance community cohesions and awareness of other cultures, religions and ways of life.
  •  To promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development throughout the curriculum, with particular reference to issues of equality and diversity.
  •  To work towards recognition as a Rights Respecting School.

Equality of opportunity-

  •  To encourage all pupils to fully participate in activities.
  •  To use good equal opportunities practice in the recruitment and retention of staff.

This statement and objectives will be reviewed annually.

Our full policy can be downloaded from here: Policies Page


Mrs Donna Stretton

Sandside Lodge School

Sandside Road


LA12 9EF

Tel: 01229 588825

Email: admin@sandside.org.uk

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