Equality and Diversity
Oak Trust recognises that compliance with the equality duty (Public Sector Equality Duty 2011) is a legal requirement for schools but meeting it also makes good educational sense as it helps our schools to focus on key issues of concern and how to improve pupil outcomes.
This duty is not just about disability, race and gender equality, the duty extends to all aspects of a person’s identity that are protected under the Equality Act 2010 . These are race, disability, sex, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity and gender reassignment.
By removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics.
By taking steps to meet the needs of protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people.
By encouraging people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.