Public Sector Equality Duty
Woodfield Nursery School Public Sector Equality Duty Statement
The Public Sector Equality Duty requires our Nursery School to monitor our policies and procedures and to publish information about equalities in our Nursery School.
The Equality Act 2010 clearly states that the following areas must be taken into account:
- Race (ethnicity)
- Religion and belief
- Sexual orientation
- Gender reassignment
- Pregnancy and maternity
The ‘General Duties’ of the Public Sector Equality Duty which we must aim to achieve are:
- To eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited by the
- Equality Act 2010
- To advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and
- those who do not
- Foster good relations between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
We also have a ‘Specific Duty’ to gather and publish information to show how we are complying with the equality duty; how we remove or minimise disadvantage and take steps to meet different needs and encourage participation when it is proportionately low. We look at the progress and attainment of children with protected characteristics and of any other groups of children we identify as vulnerable.
To help us in our work to advance equality of opportunity we set ourselves some equality objectives determined by our scrutiny of information and data. The Head Teacher is responsible for the implementation of the Act and the Governing Body is responsible for making sure that our policies and procedures comply with the Act. Staff and governors are involved in monitoring our policies, procedures and practice to make sure our Nursery School continues to be an inclusive, accessible and welcoming environment for all.
We ensure that no child, family or visitor to our Nursery School are discriminated against and we treat everyone with respect and care. We will always challenge any person or action that does not comply with our ethos of equality and fairness for all.
Through our curriculum we teach children to respect themselves, each other and the wider world. We do this through carefully chosen diverse resources, stories, modelling and teaching play skills and using our Personal, Social and Emotional Development curriculum.
At Woodfield Nursery School we have developed an accessible curriculum and will adapt provision to enable children to be challenged at their level. This may include adapting resources and the school environment to support a child with a disability for example by writing a Personal Evacuation Plan, medical plan or a Targeted Learning Plan.
Consideration is taken when arranging school trips to make sure that it is accessible for a child with a disability and care is taken to risk assess with individual children’s needs in mind. We are mindful that some of our families celebrate different religious holidays and will arrange events accordingly such as Eid and Christmas celebrations.
Woodfield Nursery School Equality Objectives for 2023-24 are:-
- To ensure that we promote the rights of all children and that they are to be treated with respect and fairness without prejudice based on race, gender or disability
- To provide an inclusive play based environment that reflects the age and stages of development of individuals and make reasonable adjustment to enable access.
- To ensure that our school environment is non- stereotypical towards gender, race or disability
- To support children with English as an Additional Language (EAL) to access the curriculum and make good progress.
- To raise attainment for our most vulnerable children including children with special educational needs or disability.
This statement was reviewed October 2023