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

School policies

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

Curriculum

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

Staff meetings

Through staff meetings, staff are reminded of their responsibilities under the Act and relevant issues have been discussed.

Staff training

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.

Community involvement

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

Equality checks to begin when implementing new policies and procedures.

 

Equality Objectives (and progress)

Objective 1: Actively promote and prioritise raising awareness, appreciation and celebration of diversity including gender, sexuality, race and religion.

Why we have chosen this objective: From an analysis of our school profile alongside the demographics of our local area we know that our school community is not fully representative of life in Modern Britain. We
want our community to embrace the uniqueness of the human race and to have the opportunity to explore a range of issues pertinent to the protected characteristics as part of their education provision.

To achieve this objective we plan to:
• Teach protected characteristics during PSHE.
• Assemblies to make explicit the protected characteristics when discussing diversity.
• Staff inset on diversity to discuss the legal framework
• Books/texts carefully selected to support teachers and pupils in the exploration of key themes and in their developing spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding.

Progress we are making towards this objective: tbc

Objective 2 Staff within the school reflect the backgrounds and experiences of the children

Why we have chosen this objective: To ensure that recruitment strategies encourage applications from those who reflect the diversity of our area across all protected characteristics

To achieve this objective we plan to:
• Remove the need to put names and ages on application forms for posts
• Ensure the removal of the final section, around medical need, disability or ethnicity before the applications are sent to those who are interviewing applicants in order to reduce unconscious bias.
• Include the ‘Two Ticks’ positive about people with disabilities symbol on all job adverts

Progress we are making towards this objective: tbc

Objective 3 Ensure there is no significant difference in the progress made by different groups of learners.

Why we have chosen this objective: Pupils achieve well at Combe School and make good progress but we want to ensure that this is true across all groups of learners.

To achieve this objective we plan to:
• Ensure quality first teaching
• Reduce unconscious bias
• Use the recovery premium and pupil premium to provide school-based tutoring

Progress we are making towards this objective: tbc

 

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

Staff data is not required as there are fewer than 150 staff.

Our Equality Information and Objectives Policy can be found here.