Coombe Dean School is committed to promoting equality for students, staff and others who use our services across the protected characteristics (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation) to meet the three aims of the Equality Duty outlined in the Equality Act 2010:
- to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- to advance equality of opportunity between different groups
- to foster good relations between different groups
Staff work with students to develop their understanding of the school’s definitions of acceptable and unacceptable behaviour, as outlined in its behaviour policy, which encompass these three aims. Students’ understanding of equality issues is promoted through age-relevant learning activities delivered through lessons, applied learning opportunities and the tutorial programmes in all key stages. Incidents of unacceptable behaviour involving discrimination are dealt with according to the behaviour policy.
In fulfilling our legal obligations we will be guided by seven core statements which sit alongside our school ethos of “Success built around positive relationships”:
- All people are of equal value.
- We recognise, welcome and respect diversity.
- We foster positive attitudes and relationships, and a shared sense of belonging.
- We observe good equalities practice, including staff recruitment, retention and development.
- We aim to reduce and remove existing inequalities and barriers.
- We consult and involve widely.
- We strive to ensure that society will benefit.
As a school we are also required to follow the specific duties. This means we need to:
- Define one or more equality objectives that support the aims of the general duty and review these at least every four years.
- Ensure the objectives are specific and measurable.
- Publish the objectives so that they are accessible to the public.
To do this we will collect data related to the protected characteristics above and analyse this data to determine our focus for our equality objectives. The data will be assessed across our core provisions as a school, and will include: admissions, attendance, attainment and behaviour.
Our Equality Objectives
Our equality objectives are based on our analysis of information and focus on those areas where we have agreed to take action to improve equality and tackle disadvantages. They also take into account national and local priorities and issues.
We evaluate our success in meeting the General Equality Duty by the extent to which we achieve improved outcomes for the different groups.
We recognise our duty in setting specific, measurable equality objectives and have identified the following two objectives from April 2018- reviewed in March 2019.
- Improve outcomes for disadvantaged students eligible for the Pupil Premium and significantly narrow the gaps between them and their peers.
- Further develop the opportunities through which we actively promote fundamental British values and tolerance of all people.
We will regularly review the progress we are making to meet our equality objectives.