Throughout this post, we will delve into one of the school website requirements for Ofsted - Equality Objectives. This can be found under Section 16 of The School Website Requirements Guide. We find that this requirement is often neglected by schools, but even if a school do have this on their website it is often incomplete or tricky to find. This led me to the question. Do schools actually understand what is needed of them through Equality Objectives? After reading this blog you will know everything you need to in order to go away and be fully compliant with this section.
How to publish My Equality Objectives Report?
One of the main things to have in the front of your mind when adding this to your website is, Where does it go best? There are two correct answers here. The first, on your policies page. This page is perfect to add any policies your school may have including your Equality objectives. Through our system and the use of Document Groups, you have all you need to get this on your website. I would suggest keeping your policies page nice and neat by having several Document Groups grouping the documents together. This makes it easier to spot the documents and saves a lot of time.
The second answer to this question is to create a whole new page specifically for Equality Objectives. As your Equality Objectives will likely be in a report it gives you the option to have it as text on this page, or within a document group. This bit is totally up to you and how you want to display it.
Do I need to publish My Equality Objectives Report?
As our School Website Requirements Guide states "Public bodies, including Maintained Schools, Academies and Free Schools must comply with the public sector equality duty in the Equality Act 2010 and the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017." In Short, everyone needs to publish their Equality Objectives on their website.
What goes into My Equality Objectives Report?
Within Section 16 of The School Website Requirement Guide, there are 6 parts and within this section, I will state each part and then explain what is required of you.
Public Sector Equality Duty
The first part is; "Publish details of how your school is complying with the public sector equality duty." – You should update this every year. This is pretty much what it says on the tin. This is to ensure that when you make policies or decisions you consider people who are protected under the Equality Act. This part is quite often done by schools, however, they miss the part where it says it needs to be updated every year. That means they don't comply with this section. More often than not you actually do have an updated copy but you need to make it standard practice to update it on your website too. Now your inspector can mark this section compliant.
Your Schools Equality Objectives
The next part is; "Publish your school’s equality objectives." – You should update this at least once every 4 years. With this one you are just showing how everyone is treated as equals no matter of age, gender and religion to name a few. I would recommend in this section to be guided by these 9 principles:
- All learners are of equal value
- Recognise and respect difference
- Foster positive attitudes and relationships and a shared sense of cohesion and belonging
- Observe good equalities practice in staff recruitment, retention and development
- Aim to reduce and remove inequalities and barriers that already exist
- Consult and involve widely
- Society as a whole should benefit
- Base our practices on sound evidence
- Measurable objectives
Your report should be structured around these and how they are evidenced within your school. It's best to write your Equality Objectives in relation to your school rather than copying and pasting from the Legislation.
The third part of the Equality Objectives is Eliminating Discrimination from the Equalities Act (2010). To comply with this section of your report you will need to use the Equalities Act when detailing the processes you take to eliminate discrimination from your school. Also, and this bit is very important - reference and link to the Equalities Act (2010) otherwise you won't be compliant with this section. This is missed so often by schools and all it needs is just one sentence.
Improving equality of opportunity for people with Protected Characteristics
The fourth Part is improving the equality of opportunity for the people at your school who have Protected Characteristics. The link takes you to the list of what comes under Protected Characteristics. You will need to reference this in your report. Then also detail out how everyone has equal opportunity even if they have a Protected Characteristic.
Consulting and involving those affected by inequality
The penultimate point is, "Consulting and involving those affected by inequality in the decisions your school or college takes to promote equality and eliminate discrimination". This could include parents, pupils, staff and even members of the local community. With this one, you will need to detail out the process in the way you deal with this situation. Then add how you might act upon it. This will be unique to your school so do put some thought into this. It could set you out from your competitors!
You are required to publish information on your website about the gender pay gap in your school.
This is the last part you need to comply with the Equality Objectives. Under the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017 you are required to publish information about the Gender Pay Gap. This link will give you all you need to finish off your Equality Objectives report with the Gender Pay Gap.
That is all you need to know in order to comply fully with the Equality Objectives section of The School Website Requirement Guide.
What do I do now?
Finally, you can now apply your knowledge to comply with the Equality Objectives section. Then it would be a good idea to have an Audit done on your Website. There are a couple of options for you here:
- Are you an existing Schudio client? Then you have access to the website compliance tool and can perform an audit on your site yourself.
- If you are an existing Schudio client and would like us to perform an audit on your site get in touch with us today at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your free quote.
- If you are not an existing Schudio client then get in touch with us at email@example.com to enquire about the website compliance tool.
- The last option available to you is over at Schudio.TV where you can enrol on any of the amazing courses we have to offer regarding compliance.