The Equality Policy for Coldean Primary School brings together all previous policies, schemes and action plans around equality including those that we had previously for Race, Gender and Disability. It includes all the protected characteristics covered under the Equality Act (2010) as well as other aspects which have the potential to discriminate against or to devalue any individuals within our community.
We are committed to the development of cohesive communities both within our school’s physical boundaries and within our local, national and global environments. Our school embraces the aim of working together with others to improve children’s educational and health and wellbeing outcomes, and notes the rights set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Ofsted recognise our, "strong stance on diversity and equality." [Ofsted, 2017, School Inspection Report]
How we identify our equalities objectives
In line with our statutory duties we publish equalities information annually and publish and report on equalities objectives every three years. We have set ourselves specific and measurable objectives that will help us achieve the aims of the general equality duty
- Equalities information is found on the website (see link below).
- Reports on our equalities objectives are on the website (see links below).
Our equality objective-setting process involves gathering evidence as follows:
- from equality impact assessments (or other process for reviewing the potential impact on decisions made in schools)
- from ASP (Analyse School Performance) & RAISEonline data, CPOMS records, annual Safe and Well At School Surveys, annual pupil, staff and parent surveys
- from involving relevant people (including disabled people)
- from Local Authority's Equality and Anti-bullying Learning Walk report
In addition, we know our school extremely well because we regularly collect information about ourselves in a variety of ways and other people help us to do this. Ofsted inspectors report on equality issues during inspections, our School Improvement Partner conducts learning walks and pupil conferences and Local Authority representatives produce reports after careful appraisal of the school's equalities provision. We collect a range of information relating to incidents of harassment and bullying including those relating to racism, homophobia, faith, disability and gender, if and when the occur.
Annual updates of our contextual information are used to inform our self-evaluation. All significant groups are considered when looking at data in termly Pupil Progress Meetings and any discrepancies are addressed through focused interventions which are planned, delivered, monitored and evaluated through our termly Raising Attainment Plans. Through this we aim to close the gap between the attainment of those with protected characteristics and their peers. Where appropriate we use our Pupil Premium Grant to fund these interventions.
Our previous and current action plans to promote equality are accessible below.