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Equality Duty


2021- 2024


Equality Objectives


We are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers, irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief, religion or socio-economic background.


In order to further support pupils, raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching, we have set the following objectives:


Objective 1: To monitor and analyse pupil achievement by race, gender and disability, and act on any negative trends in the data by providing additional support for these pupils.


Objective 2: To raise levels of attainment for our vulnerable learners in the core subjects.


Objective 3: To review levels of parental and pupil engagement in school life, across all activities, to ensure equity and fairness in access.


* These objectives have been agreed following analysis of school data and will be monitored by the Local Governing Body. Annual updates will show progress against each objective.


2022 – 2023


Legal Framework


At John Hunt Academy, we welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations.


 We are committed to ensuring equality for all children and adults - irrespective of their sex (gender), race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity.


The Equality Act makes explicit our responsibility to have due regard to the need to:


  • eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act;
  •  advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
  • foster good relations across all characteristics - between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.


Guiding Principles:


Staff and governors strive to promote equality in everything they do. This involves tackling the barriers which could lead to unequal outcomes so that there is equality of access, and the diversity within the school community is celebrated and valued.


John Hunt Academy prides itself on being an inclusive school that cares for every single child.


We believe that equality at our school is delivered through our 'Take Care' values.  These values should permeate all aspects of school life and are the responsibility of every member of the school community to uphold. Individual difference is seen as a positive feature in our school, where everyone is encouraged to be an individual and to see the strengths in others.



Protected Characteristics


The national curriculum recognises how important it is for children to understand the world in which they live in. They want children to live alongside and show respect for a diverse range of people. A way in which schools can ensure they are providing children with the knowledge and skills to do this is through the teaching of protected characteristics.


It is extremely important for us here at John Hunt Academy, that our children grow to be respectful, ambitious and empathetic pupils who respect the world in which they live in. 


The 9 protected characteristics are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation


The government does stress that not all of these characteristics have to be taught in every year group and schools should use their professional judgement to plan their curriculum appropriately. Here at John Hunt Academy, our PSHE/RSE lessons are taught using the programme SCARF.  Scarf is used in addition to various other ways we teach respect and diversity across school for example through literacy, assemblies, groups and sporting activities.


Here is how SCARF ensures adequate coverage of each protected characteristic: