Statement of principle
Combe CE Primary School aims to meet its obligations under the public sector equality duty by having due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
- Foster good relations across all characteristics – between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
Evidence of school practice that shows regard for equalities
The following school policies support equality measures:
- Behaviour Policy
- Anti-bullying Policy
- Relationships and Sex Education Policy
- Pay Policy
- Accessibility Plan
- Collective Worship Policy
- Equality Policy
- Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions Policy
The curriculum has undergone a review to ensure it:
- encourages pupils to challenge discrimination and stereotyping.
- promotes understanding of a range of religions and cultures. For example, through RE, PSHE and ensuring a diverse range of people and cultures are represented across all curriculum subjects.
- promotes friendship between different groups
Through staff meetings, staff are reminded of their responsibilities under the Act and relevant issues have been discussed.
Training on religions and beliefs, specific disabilities and gender have taken place.
Assemblies and special projects
Assemblies maximise opportunities to explore equality and diversity. Special days have including celebrating Jeans for Genes day, Diwali, Eid and Hannukah.
Children have begun visiting places out of school, such as a synagogue in Oxford. Strong links with the church is Combe are in place.
Equality checks to begin when implementing new policies and procedures.
Equality Objectives Progress (Towards end of fourth year)
Objective 1: Train all members of staff and governors involved in recruitment and selection on equal opportunities and non-discrimination by the beginning of the next academic year. Training evaluation data will show that 100% of those attending have a good understanding of the legal requirements.
Training package available for use ahead of recruitment. Ongoing.
Objective 2: Review and update the PSHE curriculum to maximize opportunities to address issues of equality.
PSHE curriculum has been fully reviewed and rewritten to maximise opportunities to address issues of equality. Curriculum now being taught across school. Curriculum having a positive impact. Ongoing.
Objective 3: Introduce training for staff on the Equality Act at their induction and with a review at least annually.
Objective 4: Review the full curriculum to ensure there are opportunities for covering equality issues.
Foundation subjects have been reviewed to ensure opportunities for equality issues (e.g. Art and Design, Design and Technology, History and Geography). Reading material within the curriculum, and across school, have been reviewed and books promoting equality have been introduced.
New objectives to be selected for September 2023.
School community by equality strand (pupils)
- Age (as of 31st August 2023): 5 years old- 17; 6 years old- 18; 7 years old -18; 8 years old- 15; 9 years old- 15; 10 years old-17; 11 years old- 16.
- Sex: Boys – 58; Girls -58.
- Ethnicity: Any other Asian background- 2; Any other mixed background- 2; Any other white background- 13; Chinese- 4; Black African- 1; White British- 94; White and Asian- 1
- SEND- 15
- Religion or belief: Buddhist- 1; Christian- 56; Hindu- 2; No religion- 41; Not specified- 15; Roman Catholic- 1.
- Sexual orientation- data not collected
- Gender reassignment- n/a
- Pregnancy or maternity- n/a
- Marriage and civil partnership- n/a
Staff data is not required as there are less than 150 staff.
Our Equality Policy can be found here.