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Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED)

The Equality Act 2010 introduced a single Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) which applies to all maintained and independent schools, including Academies and maintained and non-maintained special schools.

The Three Main Elements of the Duty

The general Equality Duty requires public authorities, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to:

  • Eliminate discrimination harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited or under the Act
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it
  • Foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it

These are often referred to as the three aims of the general Equality Duty.

Section ACompliance With Public Sector Equality Duty

Fakenham Academy’s Equality and Diversity Policy, includes policies covering students and studying, staff and working and leadership and managing 

At the heart of Fakenham Academy’s curriculum is pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC). This delivers taught content in line with the Norfolk Academies Equality and Diversity Policy. Within this teaching, the promotion of PREVENT, extremism, radicalisation and fundamental British values are delivered. 

SMSC education at Fakenham Academy, takes place through an integrated programme of initiatives delivered through a combination of in class and whole school activities. This includes Fakenham Academy and Fakenham Sixth Form assemblies, tutorial activities and whole school initiatives, combined with Learning for Life, Humanities and whole school curriculums.

The Learning for Life curriculum encompasses a wide range of subject content, including SMSC, PREVENT and, fundamental British values. Rights and Responsibilities includes work on human rights.  Philosophical Issues include studies of a range of religions and studies of the United Kingdom including multi faith Britain. Healthy Relationships promote physical and mental well-being, consent and contraception and LGBTQ. Disability issues are also promoted within teaching, with Fakenham Academy being in receipt of the Diabetes UK Good Diabetes Care in School Award.

Integrated within this is the teaching of PREVENT including extremism and radicalisation, together with the teaching of fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. These topics are reinforced termly, through a combination of assemblies, SMSC tutorial sessions and Learning for Life lessons. The teaching of these issues are also reviewed termly throughout the year, identifying where additional reinforcement is required, be these through classroom door and school wide posters or use of the in school TV information displays.

An annual programme of review of SMSC provision takes place in the Summer Term of each academic year, resulting in the formulation of a RAG rated SMSC implementation plan for the following academic year. Sources of evidence used for this annual review include Fakenham Academy and Fakenham Sixth Form assemblies, tutorial activities, extra-curricular activities and whole school initiatives. This is combined with the evidence from the Learning for Life, Humanities and whole school curriculums. 

Section BPrepare And Publish Equality Objectives

In July 2019, Fakenham Academy set out the following objectives under the three main elements of the Public Sector Equality Duty (PESD). These were identified as areas for further development, from the annual programme of review of SMSC provision completed in June 2019.

Equality Objective 1

Promote the mutual respect and tolerance of individuals, for those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

Delivery of this objective over a four year time period will be reviewed as part of an enhanced annual review of SMSC provision, taking place in the Summer Term of each academic year.

Equality Objective 2

To raise awareness and promote equality and respect for individuals of differing race, sex and sexual orientation.

Delivery of this objective over a four year time period will be reviewed as part of an enhanced annual review of SMSC provision, taking place in the Summer Term of each academic year.

Equality Objective 3

Advancing equality of opportunity through raising awareness of disability issues.

Delivery of this objective over a four year time period will be reviewed as part of an enhanced annual review of SMSC provision, taking place in the Summer Term of each academic year.