The Coastal Federation seeks to promote equality and we celebrate the diversity within our community. We welcome the public sector equality duty as set out in the Equality Act (2010). The Equality Act 2010 ("the Act") provides a modern, single legal framework with three broad duties: Eliminate discrimination; Advance equality of opportunity; and Foster good relations.
At the Coastal Federation we fully understand the principle of the Act and the work needed to ensure that those with protected characteristics are not discriminated against and are given equality of opportunity. A protected characteristic under the act covers the groups: Age, Disability, Race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin; Sex (including transgender); Gender reassignment; Maternity and pregnancy; Religion and belief; Sexual orientation; and Marriage and civil partnership (for employees).
In order to meet our general duties, listed above, the law requires us to do some specific duties to demonstrate how we meet the general duties. These are to: Publish equality information - to demonstrate compliance with the general duty across its functions (we will not publish any information that can specifically identify any child).
Prepare and publish equality objectives - to do this we will collect data related to the protected characteristics above and analyse this data to determine our focus for our equality objectives. The data will be assessed across our core provisions as a School.
Our objectives detail how we will ensure equality is applied to the services listed above however; where we find evidence that other functions have a significant impact on any particular group we will include work in this area. We also welcome our duty under the Education and Inspections Act 2006 to promote community cohesion (see Community Cohesion Policy). We recognise that these duties reflect international human rights standards as expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and the Human Rights Act 1998.
For more information on our equality objectives please click here to view our policy.