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Equality Duty

The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) -South Bank UTC 2021 / 2022

Public Sector Equality Duty Since April 2011, schools and academies have also been bound by a part of the Equality Act 2010 called the Public Sector Equality Duty (also known as the PSED, or simply the “Equality Duty”). The Equality Duty replaces the previous three sets of duties on schools and academies to promote disability, gender, and race equality through having equality policies and action plans for these groups.

The general duty is the overarching legal requirement for schools and means they must consider how their policies, practices and day-to-day activities impact on pupils and staff. South Bank UTC is required to have “due regard” to: 

• Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, and victimisation. 

• Advance equality of opportunity. 

• Foster good relations. 

South Bank UTC’s Equality Objectives:

• By July 2022, 90 per cent of the staff will feel confident in responding effectively to prejudice-related incidents (including bullying), as shown by the annual staff survey 

• By the end of the 2021/22 school year, the percentage of students with SEND in Key Stage 4 achieving Grade 4 or above in mathematics & English will increase from 68 to 73 per cent, and to 80 per cent by the end of 2022/23

• The attendance rates of disadvantaged pupils will improve year-on-year to meet a target of 96.5 per cent attendance by the end of 2021/22

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