Holyrood Academy's Equality Objectives
Holyrood Academy seeks to promote equality and we celebrate the diversity within our community. We welcome the public sector equality duty as set out in the Equality Act (2010).
What is the duty?
• Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
• Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
• Foster good relations between different groups
What are the protected characteristics?
The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection on the grounds of specific characteristics (referred to as protected characteristics). For schools, this means that it is unlawful to discriminate against students or treat them less favourably because of their sex; race; disability; religion or belief; gender reassignment; sexual orientation; pregnancy or maternity.
Marriage and civil partnerships and age are also 'protected characteristics'. These apply to staff but not students in schools.
Our Equality Policy
Our Equality & Diversity Policy, which can be found on our website in the 'Policies' section, contains information about how the school complies with the Public Sector Equality Duty. We also give guidance to staff and outside visitors on our approach to promoting equality.
Our Equality Objectives 2021-22
Our Equality Objectives reflect the school's priorities and draw upon available data and other evidence. Careful analysis of this is undertaken in order to ensure that we are working to achieve improved outcomes for different groups.
Our Equality Objectives for 2021-22 are:
• To further develop work to challenge all forms of bullying and discrimination, through the curriculum and wider strategies.
• To deploy our new Equality & Diversity Officer to support and educate both perpetrators and targets of bullying and discrimination.
• To use performance data to monitor student achievement and respond to variations between groups of learners, subjects, courses and key stages, trends over time and comparisons with other schools. In particular, we will seek to further improve the progress made by boys at GCSE and A-Level whilst ensuring that the progress of girls continues to be promoted.
• To foster good relations between different groups through the use of assemblies, Religious Studies lessons and the PSHE programme, including PSHE Impact Days.
• To further develop student and staff wellbeing and positive mental health for all, particularly in response to increased demand following the pandemic.
• To promote equality, diversity and inclusion actions across our staff body. This will be achieved in several ways, including through the provision of training for staff to eliminate any unconscious bias in recruitment and to be as inclusive as possible in the language they use.
Specific tasks relating to these objectives can be found within the Academy Improvement Plan 2021-22.
Progress made in 2020-21
• We have established our UNIQ group to promote and support issues facing our LGBTQ+ community.
• We have mapped our provision against the Gatsby benchmarks for Careers guidance, to ensure that our careers information, advice and guidance provisions are effective for all students.
• Our Sixth Form Senior Team is now a very diverse and representative group, inclusive of different races and genders.
• We have appointed an Equality & Diversity Officer to support the targets and perpetrators of discriminatory behaviours and bullying.
• We have engaged our student council on particular equality-related issues in school, including refurbishment of toilets, labelling of accessible toilets and uniform. This work has included students and staff conducting a representation audit to consider how inclusive and representative our school is.
• We have led a curriculum development project across our UAT schools to consider how inclusive and representative our History curricula are, making refinements based upon what the best research and voices tell us. We are going to continue to lead this work across other subject areas in 2021-22.