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Equality Information

The Equality Act of 2010 was introduced to ensure individuals are protected from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of specific characteristics (referred to as protected characteristics).

For schools, this means that it is unlawful to discriminate against students, or staff members, or treat them less favourably because of their gender; race; disability; religion or belief; gender reassignment; sexual orientation; pregnancy or maternity. 

Under the Act, Birchwood High School is expected to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation 

  • Advance equality of opportunity between different groups 

  • Foster good relations between different groups 

  • As a public organisation, we are required to: 

  • Publish information to show compliance with the Equality Duty. This is done via our Equality Policy, which can be found on the Policies page of our website. 

  • Publish Equality Objectives which are specific and measurable 

Our Equality Objectives 2020-24

1. To close gaps in students’ performance through monitoring of performance data and responding and intervening where variations between groups of learners show progress could be made. 

2. To improve knowledge, skills and attitudes, to enable pupils to appreciate and value difference and diversity by promoting greater awareness of cultural and religious diversity in the assembly programme 

3. To improve support for students’ mental well-being, to help students remain in education through a school-wide approach that aims to promote resilience, recovery, ownership and empowerment. 

4. To further improve support for SEND students through training and monitoring of provision to assess impact and develop specific, person-centred support.