Welcome to the William Hulme’s Grammar school equality page. Here you will find details of how we meet our duties under the Equality Act 2010 and support our commitment to providing an environment in which each individual has complete equality of opportunities and does not suffer any discrimination, whether directly or indirectly.
You will also find information in our Policies section where you can refer to school policies which affect our overall Equality Duty.
Two members of staff – the Vice Principal and the Registrar - have attended a half-day training ‘Equality Duty for Schools’ course. In addition, the school has established an Equality Working Party which is a group of staff, parents and students with diverse experience who have volunteered to work with the school to ensure we meet our objectives. This group began with receiving a presentation from a local consultant with a great deal of knowledge and experience in the field of equality within schools.
Going forward, the group may invite other specialist organisations to advise and further our progress e.g. charities, specialist schools, sensory therapists, health professionals.Workshops have already taken place in school which have raised the profile of equality issues amongst the students. These have been enthusiastically and thoughtfully received.
Our General Equality Duty
In October 2010, the new Equality Act introduced a Public Sector Equality Duty, which requires the Academy to have due regard to the need to:
Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act;
Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not;
Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
Click below to see our analysis of how we address all the different protected characteristics.
There are 9 Protected Characteristics under the Equality Act:
· Gender Reassignment
· Marriage and Civil Partnership
· Pregnancy and Maternity
· Religion or Belief
· Sexual Orientation
The Equality Duty requires the Academy to consider how our activities affect the people who share these different protected characteristics and to publish information to show how we do this.
Click here to see our Equality Guidelines.
In order to meet our Equality Duty, we are required to publish Equality Information about how our policies and practices affect those with Protected Characteristics.
Click here to see our Equality Information/Analysis
We will conduct this analysis on an annual basis.
As well as publishing Equality Information, we are required to establish at least one Equality Objective to address any areas of inequality, or possible inequality, identified as part of our analysis.
We have tried to make sure that our objectives are outcome-based, that people are actually better off from what we have done. Where we have undertaken to collect data as an objective, we intend to use that data to help us make any adjustments we need to do.
Click here to see our original Objectives
Click here to see our review of our Objectives for 2013
We will publish Equality Objectives at least every four years.
During our business planning process we ensure that we take into account the effect of our decisions on different groups. We consider if there are any unintended consequences for some groups and whether our business plan will be fully effective for all target groups.
Further information regarding our commitment to equality can be obtained by contacting Bea Schouten, Vice Principal or Vanessa Lees, Registrar.