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Equality Objectives

Equalities – Public Sector Equality Duty

The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to ensure protection from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of specific characteristics (referred to as protected characteristics). For schools, this means that it is unlawful to discriminate against individuals or treat them less favourably because of their gender, race, age, disability, religion or belief, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity.

Under the Act, the school is expected to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED). This requires us to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
  • Foster good relations between different groups

As a public organisation, we are required to:

  • Have due regard to the PSED when making decisions, taking action or developing policy and practice.
  • Publish information to show compliance with the Equality Duty. This is done via our Equalities Policy.
  • Publish Equality Objectives which are specific and measurable.

For 2023-2024, our Equality Objectives are:


  • By the end of the academic year 2023/2024, at least 95% of school staff will have attended basic equality training (live or pre-recorded).
  • All those attending will confirm they have a good understanding of Protected Characteristics and the different types of discrimination under the Equality Act 2010, as evidenced by the school’s post training feedback forms. 

Refresher training will be arranged by the Headteacher and will be delivered to staff on a rolling annual basis.

  • By the end of the academic year 2023/2024 at least 95% of our Governors and Senior Leadership Team will have attended training (live or pre-recorded) on the Equality Act 2010. This will include schools' statutory equality duties under the Public Sector Equality Duty and supporting specific equality duties; Protected Characteristics and the different types of discrimination.
  • All those attending will confirm they have a good understanding of the issues covered as evidenced by post training evaluation forms. 
  • Refresher equality training will be arranged on a rolling annual basis. 


  • By the end of the academic year 2023/2024 we will increase the percentage of girls achieving a positive Progress 8 score in mathematics to close the gap in achievement levels between boys and girls'.

Our target is to close the performance gap completely. The gap in 2018-2019 was 7.1%. The gap in 2021-2022 was 11.4%.


  • By the end of the academic year 2023/2024, we will aim to improve , the sense of belonging and inclusion and the sense of celebration of diversity for all our pupils from ethnic minority groups.
  • We will monitor our progress and success by carrying out, pupil survey in the summer term of the 2023/2024 academic year and will publish the results on our website.

To view our school Equality Action Plan, with updates on our progress, please click here:

Equality Action Plan 2023-2024

If you have any questions about our Equality Objectives or Equality Action Plan, please contact Mrs Seddon (Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion) in school or via email: r.seddon@thebarlowrchigh.co.uk 

To view how our school complies with the requirements in the public sector equality duty please refer to Appendix B of our Equality Policy.

School Mission Statement:     

As a Catholic school, our mission is to show love through our respect for others. We value our God-given gifts, talents and abilities. Our aim is to bring out the best in everyone, within a safe and happy environment. Everyone should know that we are followers of God by what we do, not just by what we say.