The Single Equality Act which came into place in Oct 2010 brought together the duties of Race, Disability and Gender policy into one ‘general’ single Equality Duty. This policy is written to bring together our duties relating to all protected characteristics: race, disability, gender, age*, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy/maternity and gender-identity, both in our policies and procedures and, most importantly in our day-to-day practices and interactions with the whole school community. 

*For schools, age will be a relevant characteristic in consideration of their duties only in their role as an employer, and not in relation to pupils. (The Key: The Service for School Leaders) 

We recognise that we have duties 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, and between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it 

St Paul’s CE Primary School aims to create an ethos that is friendly and caring, where individual effort and achievement is valued, and where everybody feels they belong. We want our children to grow in confidence and develop a sense of self-discipline and self-esteem within a secure, stimulating and Christian environment, where there is respect for each other, the school, the local community and for the world in which we live. In this school we will ensure that at every level, in all our work and throughout all aspects of the school community St Paul’s CE Primary School Single Equality Policy 4 

and its life, everyone will be treated equally. Our scheme includes our whole school – pupils, staff, governors, parents and carers and all those within our extended school community, such as neighbouring schools and learning organisations.