School Workforce Equalities Monitoring 2023 – Cross Authority Analysis

Patcham High School has a statutory duty to share workforce equalities data and are working towards ensuring that the diversity of the student population is better represented in the staff population.

1. Introduction

Please see below for School Workforce Equalities data for 2023. HR has been providing this data to all schools annually since 2015, to allow heads to undertake local equalities monitoring and action. This includes the BHCC secondary schools who have been required to monitor and publish Equality Duty data since 2010. 


2. Key workforce equalities data headlines for school staff – 2022-2023 comparison

Headline comparison details on key equalities strands between 2022 and 2023 are given in Table 1 below. You will see that across the whole schools’ workforce the diversity breakdown has not changed significantly from last year, the BME percentage has increased. The level of overall unknown data for ethnicity and disability data is lower this year than last year which suggests better workforce equalities monitoring is in place (see also Para 4 below).


Table 1: Whole school equalities/diversity breakdown – all staff


3. Comparison of School staff equalities/diversity information with B&H Populations

The information provided in Table 2 below shows comparison data with city statistics on the B&H economically active population (i.e. those aged 16 or over who are either in or potentially looking for work) in the Brighton and Hove area. This information is based on the 2011 census as we are currently waiting for B&H population data from the 2021 census to be reviewed and incorporated into equalities planning/reviewed targets going forward.

Table 2: Population in B&H – equalities breakdown

Table 3 below shows the council workforce data and targets and shows the separate school workforce data for 2022 and 2023.


Table 3: Progress compared to Council Equalities Targets

4. Improving Equalities Workforce Monitoring Data

There is still a high proportion of employees for whom we do not hold data within the PIER HR system, particularly in relation to disability, sexual orientation and religion. In order to keep workforce equalities data up to date schools must submit staff equalities data when submitting new starter employee information for set up on PIER (following any new recruitment exercise). See the existing guidance on BEEM in relation to Workforce Equalities Monitoring in Schools. HR has also offered to work in partnership with individual schools to help further improve their data for existing staff.


Information for Patcham High School