Equality and Diversity

As a public body, Acorn Multi Academy Trust complies with The Equality Act (2010), which protects individuals against direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the basis of nine protected characteristics.

The nine protected characteristics are:

  • Age – not including under-18s
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment – including people who have proposed, started or completed a process to change their sex but who are not under medical supervision
  • Marriage/civil partnership – not including those who are not married/in a civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity – defined as all stages of pregnancy and the 26 week period following the birth of a child
  • Race - including caste, nationality, ethnicity, skin colour
  • Religion or belief – including atheism or agnosticism
  • Sex - a man or a woman
  • Sexual orientation

The Equality Act (2010) consolidates and replaces all previous equalities legislation such as the Race Relations Act, Disability Discrimination Act and Sex Discrimination Act.

The Public Sector Equality Duty places additional duties on public sector organisations such as multi-academy trusts. The duties include working proactively to eliminate discrimination on the basis of the nine protected characteristics. The duties also require public bodies to have due regard to the need to:

 

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other prohibited conduct under the Equality Act (2010)
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people of different groups
  • Foster good relations between people from different groups.

Acorn Multi Academy Trust is committed to adopting the aims of the PSED in all our schools and workplaces. The Public Sector Equality Duty introduces legislation in the form of specific duties. The duties require schools to:

  1. Publish information to demonstrate how they are complying with the PSED. This information must include, in particular, information relating to people who share a protected characteristic
  2. Prepare and publish equality objectives

The Trust has set Equality Objectives to support our compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty. Our Equality Objectives help focus attention on our priority equality issues in order to deliver improvements in the delivery of high-quality education, policy making and employment.

The Trust's policies are designed to promote and ensure equality for all pupils and staff, and are underpinned by our overarching Equality Policy.

Staff benefits such as leave entitlements; support for parents and carers; career development opportunities and flexible working provisions are open to all staff irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, marriage/civil partnership status, race, religion/belief or sexual orientation.

Our academies are committed to supporting and promoting inclusion for pupils. A key aim of the Trust and each of its academies is to help all pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, to achieve their very best and become successful, well rounded individuals.

Vision
To provide high quality education and deliver the best possible outcomes for young people, enabling every child to reach his or her potential, regardless of background.

Years 5 and 6 at Marshwood

18 Apr 2018

Butterflies in the library

18 Jul 2017

Mrs Bowie came to work with KS2 at St. Andrew's Primary to create an art installation for the library. The children created four hundred butterflies to celebrate all the wonderful books that are in sc...

Core Value Banners

18 Jul 2017

St Andrew's is delighted to share its new Core Value Banners. The banners were designed and drawn by the children working alongside the artist Fee Bowie and Mrs Gilmour-White. Fee Bowie then enlarged...

Oak Class Trip to London

18 Jul 2017

On Wednesday 11th March, children from Year 5 and 6 from St. Andrew's Primary Chardstock were given the amazing opportunity to fly to London for the day.  The children flew from Exeter to London...

St Andrew’s recognised for its high achievement

18 Jul 2017

St Andrew’s C of E Primary Academy Chardstock has received a high ranking in the BBC’s school league table. The school’s results place it 34th out of all state primary schools nation...

Flamingo Pool - People's Millions Vote

18 Jul 2017

Thank you from the Flamingo Pool in Axminster to all our parents and staff who voted in the People's Millions TV show . All our schools use the Flamingo Pool for swimming lessons, and many parents and...