Each year, the school's Deputy Headteacher prepares and presents an Equalities Report to staff and the governing body. It is based on the monitoring of equality issues with particular reference to attainment, attendance and behaviour, as well as gender equality and race equality objectives determined for each year and set out in the school's Equality Policy. The school's equality objectives for the following academic year are selected on the basis of the findings of this report.
(Data or other information which could identify individuals is removed from the report before publication on this website.)
Policies specifically dealing with equalities can be found in the folder Equality and inclusion section .
To support the curriculum and children's knowledge and understanding of the local community, as well as the world, the school participates in a number of activities both curricular and extra curricular.
All activities in school, both curricular and non curricular, are available to all children on an age appropriate basis and we work hard to remove any potential barriers that may prevent a child or family from accessing them.
Each year a parental questionnaire is sent home and the results of these are analysed and, where necessary, these feed into our equality work and school development plan. Similarly, children in Year 2, 4 and 6 complete a pupil questionnaire each year and the results from the analysis of these inform our equality work and school development plan. We have a very active school council who meet weekly and represent the pupil voice.
The Equality Act 2010 makes discrimination unlawful against people with protected characteristics (as defined). This applies to the school's role as employer and as a provider of education. In particular, as a maintained community school, Devonshire is required by the Equality Act 2010 to comply with the public sector equality duty to have due regard when making decisions that affect pupils or staff with protected characteristics (as defined) to the need to:
The Equality Act 2010 protects certain aspects of a person's identity and these are defined as 'protected characteristics'. The following are relevant protected characteristics under the Equality Act for the purposes of this duty:
Age is a protected characteristic in relation to the school's role as an employer, but not in relation to pupils. Marriage and civil partnership are protected characteristics under the Equality Act in relation to employment only.
Staff at Devonshire with management responsibility and members of the governing body have been informed of the implications of the Equality Act and the need to have due regard to the factors described above when making a decision, taking an action or developing a policy and to assess whether in so doing there may be implications for anyone with particular protected characteristics.
The Deputy Headteacher and vice chair of the governing body have particular responsibility for equality issues and meet regularly to discuss the Equality Policy as well as issues arising out of the Equalities Report and the equality objectives. The Curriculum and Personnel committees of the governing body monitor the application of the school's Equality Policy in relation to pupils and staff respectively.
The school's strategic policies are reviewed on a set cycle. This review is initiated by the governing body and involves the governing body, the school's management team and other members of the school community where appropriate. All policies are published on the school website; access to those policies relevant only to staff and/or governors is restricted to them. Comments are invited on the content of the policies and may be sent by email. Relevant policies are expressly linked to the school's Equality Policy.