The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) requires all schools to publish specific and measurable equality objectives. Our equality objective is based on our analysis of data and other information. Our equality objectives focus on those areas where we have agreed to take action to improve equality and tackle disadvantages. We will regularly review the progress we are making to meet our equality objectives.

Equality Objective 1


To reduce the level of persistent absence for SEN pupils with a disability.

Equality Objective 2

To reduce the level of persistent absence for girls.

Why have we chosen these objectives?

Persistent absence for SEN pupils with an EHCP is currently within the top 10% nationally for level of persistent absence.

Poor school attendance is linked to poor attainment.

The objectives directly correlate with the target in our School Development Plan (SDP).

To achieve this objective we plan to:

  • Identify pupils.
  • Review and refine attendance systems (protocol for pupils’ sickness, unauthorised and persistent absence, persistent lateness).
  • Refine attendance and punctuality strategies for vulnerable pupils / groups such as giving roles / responsibilities, joining clubs, Early Birds.
  • Review documented evidence of actions taken and parental responses for unauthorised and persistence absence – reviewing patterns leading to focused follow up actions.

Success criteria

Reduce persistent absence for SEN pupils with disabilities to at least 8.2% by July 2020

Reduce persistent absence for girls from 12.26% to at least 8.2% by July 2020

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