Schools have a duty under the Equality Act 2010, to publish
Equality Information - updated on an annual basis
and to adopt and work with at least one Equality Objective (using SMART criteria) – which must be changed after four years, but can be refreshed as soon as you wish, once your Equality Objective/s SMART criteria have been met.
The 2019-20 template includes both National and Wiltshire Equality Information updates, and also provides opportunities for you to add information about your school.
Please note that for schools with small numbers of particular groups of pupils, data protection protocols must be adhered to.
You will also find some examples of possible Equality Objectives in the templates, although you may wish to formulate your own.
If you do formulate your own Equality Objective/s, they must be categorised from within the Equality Act 2010 Protected Characteristics.
The Equality Act 2010 introduced the requirement:
- for all schools to publish Equality Information - to be updated annually from April each year
- for schools to also publish and work towards the fulfilment of a minimum of one Equality Objective (conforming to SMART criteria) - to be refreshed at any time during a four-year time-frame (Equality Objectives must be selected from the Equality Act Protected Characteristics*).
If you would like some background information on the Equality Act and its implications for schools, you can find this here.
*The Equality Act 2010 Protected Characteristics (i.e. characteristics that are protected by this Act), are: ‘Race’/ethnicity; Disability; Gender Identity; Sex; Religion/Belief; Sexual Identity; Pregnancy & Maternity; Age; Marriage and Civil Partnership. Those underlined apply to school-age pupils, and your Equality Objective will be selected from this range. Possible examples that a school might adopt are given in each of the Equality Information templates.