Corsham Regis is committed to ensuring that everyone is treated fairly and with respect as we want our school to be a safe and inspiring learning environment for all our pupils. This school recognises that people have different needs and we understand that treating people equally does not always involve treating everyone the same. Corsham Regis creates inclusive processes and practices where the varying needs of individuals can be identified and met.
This document explains how we show our commitment to equality[i] for our school population and how we plan to tackle inequalities that may impact at school.
Celebrating our Successes
Priorities for the Year 2019/20
Sex (Gender) – Boys and Girls
The underachievement of boys compared with girls persists both nationally and in Wiltshire. Nationally the gap is 8 percentage points, with 69% of girls achieving the expected standard in all of reading, writing and mathematics compared to 61% of boys. The gap in Wiltshire is also 8 percentage points with 67% of girls and 59% of boys achieving the expected standard. ii
Two thirds of the gender gap in achieving the expected standard in Reading at age eleven is attributable to the fact that boys have lower levels of language and attention at age five.
This school knows that intervention targeting early language and attention have potential for improving outcomes for all children. Boys benefit from such interventions because they are more likely to have these problems to begin with. i[ii]
Corsham Regis has adopted the Story Maker and Talk for Writing approach to support pupils with language deficit and helps children become more successful readers and writers. Small groups of pupils in Year 1 are further supported in vocabulary acquisition through the use of the Talk Boost intervention
Minority Ethnic Pupils
Many minority ethnic groups of pupils do well but there are also groups where underachievement persists.
Very small numbers of minority ethnic pupils in Corsham Regis mean that individual pupil-targeted approaches must be used to identify both underachievement, and to celebrate successes. LA and national attainment data provides a valuable source of information to identify potential areas of concern.
Black Caribbean and Mixed White/Black Caribbean Pupils
National and LA data has highlighted concerns about the attainment of Black Caribbean pupils and Mixed White/Black Caribbean boys. This national attainment gap has remained relatively constant for the last 30 years despite a range of initiatives. ii
Wiltshire Key Stage 2 data for 2018 shows attainment was lower for Mixed White/Black Caribbean boys and girls with 52% achieving the expected standard. For Mixed White/Black Caribbean pupils eligible for FSM, 30% achieved the expected standard.
Wiltshire Key Stage 2 data for 2018 continues to show lower attainment for Black ‘Other’ pupils and 50% achieved the expected standard.
When and as appropriate Corsham Regis works closely with the LA to implement proven strategies to raise the attainment of pupils from these groups during the primary school years.
Gypsy/Roma and Irish Traveller pupils are the lowest achieving ethnic groups.
Nationally, 18% of Gypsy/Roma pupils and 22% of Irish Traveller pupils achieved the expected standard. ii While the overwhelming majority of Wiltshire Gypsy/Roma/Traveller pupils choose to attend primary school until the end of Year 6, it remains a concern that a majority of Wiltshire Gypsy and Traveller families choose to home educate their children during the secondary school years. ii
A House of Commons Briefing Paper (September 2017) reported that education issues for Gypsies and Travellers include prejudice, discrimination and discriminatory attitudes. The issues also include the schools’ responses to discrimination, and high levels of self-exclusion from mainstream education because of discrimination. iv
National research published in 2018 suggests there has been a significant increase in the number of Gypsy/Roma and Irish Traveller children who are being cared for by local councils. The data shows an increase of 900% for the numbers of Gypsy/Roma children and 400% for Irish Traveller children since 2009. One of the reasons suggested is that Gypsy/Roma and Traveller families are less likely to be offered or to access early help and support, which is important as it is an area in which schools are able to help. v
English as an Additional Language
Nationally, the same proportion, 65%, of pupils for whom English is known to be their first language and those for whom it is an additional language achieved the expected standard. ii
For Wiltshire pupils, the attainment of pupils whose first language is other than English exceeded that of First Language English pupils. 64% of pupils whose first language is English achieved the expected standard compared to 63% of First Language English pupils. ii
It should be noted that children with EAL have widely varying levels of English proficiency. Some children have no English and some are fluent multilingual English-speakers and may have lived in English-speaking countries or have been educated in English throughout their childhood.
Attainment is also affected by first language; for example, there are significant differences between Tamil and Chinese speakers, who, on average, perform better than Pashto and Turkish speakers.
In addition, prior education and arrival time impacts on attainment. vi The Wiltshire Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service advise on best practice for individual pupils to ensure those most vulnerable to poor attainment are to fulfil their academic potential.
Corsham Regis has been working closely with this service after accepting a Syrian refugee family’s admissions application. These pupils arrived speaking no English, however they have made good progress when assessed by lead professionals.
Religion and Belief
Data is not collected for monitoring purposes on Religion and Belief, and so there is no information available to compare the attainment of pupils who have/or do not have a religion or a belief.
Corsham Regis recognises how important faith and belief can be as part of a young person’s developing identity, whether this relates to a specific faith or belief, or whether this relates to wider belief systems, morals and ethics.
Corsham Regis is committed to supporting all our young people as they develop a personal relationship with their own values and beliefs, and to supporting, in the context of the Human Rights agenda, the role this plays in the moral and ethical choices they make in life.
This school takes incidents of prejudice-related bullying seriously and is committed to working closely with parents/carers to create a school environment which is nurturing, friendly and supportive for all our children. Our school has established a procedure for recording all incidents of prejudice-based bullying, and this includes bullying related to religion and belief. Comments from young people about bullying include the following, “Encourage and celebrate difference – don’t single us out if we are different, have difficulties, or have different beliefs and views” (Wiltshire Anti-Bullying Charter. https://www.wiltshirehealthyschools.org/core-themes/emotional-health-and-wellbeing/anti-bullying-practice/ ) This school is vigilant in maintaining an awareness of, and appropriate responses to, this possibility. Corsham Regis is aware that negative faith-based media attention can have an impact on all children, and recognises the importance of ensuring that pupils are provided with accurate and appropriate information.
Corsham Regis ensures that all pupils gain knowledge of and respect for the different faiths in Britain as part of our role to prepare pupils for modern life in a diverse Britain. As part of a whole school activity, pupils celebrate different religious festivals and learn from religious representatives from various communities.
Corsham Regis recognises that discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief is a global concern. This school is aware that Islamophobia and anti-Semitism (discrimination or prejudice against people because they are Muslim or Jewish) is increasing and that it displays many of the same traits as racism. This school will continue its work to inform and actively promote acceptance and respect. Nationally, between 2015/6 and 2016/7 there was an increase of 37% in the numbers of faith or belief-based incidents reported to the Police either on school property or near to school property.vii
11% of Islamophobic incidents happen in educational institutions viii, including name-calling, jibes about so-called Islamic State, violence, and victimisation when wearing a hijab ix. Many Muslim young people say abuse is so commonplace it is normalised x. Childline has recorded a spike in race- and faith-based bullying with victims reporting that they feel isolated, withdrawn and lack self-esteem xi.
This school is benefiting from an education resource designed for work with primary school children to educate them about Islamophobia. The development of this resource was funded by the Home Office xii.
Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation (LGBT)
For non-church schools:
Gender Identity remains a relatively new area for schools but this Protected Characteristic identifies a small section of society as vulnerable to discrimination and inequality. Gender Identity was included in equality legislation for the first time in 2010, and many schools, parents, as well as wider society, are learning about the issues for the first time.
Schools in Wiltshire access expert advice and support from the LA, as well as exchanging best practice with other schools. Corsham Regis recognises that Gender Identity is a complex area and that children, young people and their families are navigating an equality area where best practice is not fixed, and where the central advice is to be ‘led by the child’.
This school is committed to ensuring that all our children feel safe while at school and that each child is given the chance to develop their unique identity with support from teaching and support staff, and their peers.
Pupils are taught that families come in many different forms and include single-parent; grandparent-led; same-sex parents; step-families; foster families; families who have adopted children; etc.
Our pupils understand that although families can be very different, what matters is that everyone in a family loves and cares for each other.
This school recognises that negative views within wider society about LGBT+ xiv people can have a detrimental effect on pupil wellbeing. Data from Childline and anecdotal information from CAMHS (serving Wiltshire children) show that increasing numbers of children in primary schools are raising issues relating to gender identity and sexual orientation. Gender Identity and sexual orientation are not mental health concerns but many of the referrals received by CAMHS for young people with issues related to their gender identity or sexual orientation are linked to bullying, isolation and internalised negative views about LGBT+ people, that in turn impacts on their emotional and mental health. This school recognises that pupils with these issues will need support from school-based counsellors/school support groups and national websites such as Young Minds. CAMHS is encouraging of primary schools who can provide such support to their pupils, as dealing effectively with these issues at a younger age appears to reduce the more serious mental health issues presented by some LGBT+ secondary school pupils.
There are many charitable organisations providing support on gender identity to young people, their families and to their schools. There are also organisations able to provide advice and support where a pupil has a parent who is transgender. The LA has up to date information about the different organisations, the services they provide and how to contact them.
Disability (Special Educational Needs and Disability)
SEND pupils are categorised as ‘SEN with a statement or Education, health and care (EHC) plan’ and ‘SEN support’. In Wiltshire in 2018, 16% of pupils at the end of key stage 2 have a special educational need and 4% have a statement or education, health and care plan. ii
Of all reported characteristics, pupils with SEND have the largest attainment gap when compared to those without any identified SEND. ii In 2018, 20% of Wiltshire pupils with SEN support reached the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics, compared with 74% of Wiltshire pupils with no identified SEND, resulting in an attainment gap of 54 percentage points. ii
Corsham Regis is required to publish information on the attainment of SEND pupils. The focus of this section of this Equality Information document is disability. The disability areas being highlighted in this report have been adapted to reflect our current pupil profile. Please note that as schools must adhere to data protection protocols in order not to breach the confidentiality of individual or small groups of pupils, this may mean that our school is limited in the data it is able to publish in this section.
SEND Pupils and the link with Poverty
This school is aware that there is a strong link between poverty and disabilities that negatively impact on educational attainment. xvi Children from low-income families are more likely than their peers to be born with inherited special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), are more likely to develop some forms of SEND in childhood, and are less likely to move out of SEND while at school. Also, children with SEND are more likely than their peers to be born into poverty, and, in addition, more likely to experience poverty as they grow up.
Corsham Regis has made the achievement of pupils with SEND a whole school priority and is supported with expert advice from our SEND education specialists. Corsham Regis also knows that a strong partnership with parents/carers is important, and will continue to work collaboratively to support parents/carers as they seek to provide their children with a stimulating home-learning environment.
Corsham Regis Local Governing Body has nominated a new governor to monitor provision for SEND and Disadvantaged Learners. In partnership with the Senior Leadership Team, the nominated governor has evaluated the impact of school based interventions termly to provide an analysis of cost effectiveness. This will continue in 2019/20.
Pupils with Mental Health Concerns
There is an increasing understanding of the negative impact of social, emotional, and mental health difficulties (SEMH) on the educational attainment of pupils. The incorporation of mental health into the Equality Act 2010 has helped to highlight this important issue. i
Schools are required to update their published Equality Information each year, and in addition, must have at least one Equality Objective that the school can focus and work on for a period of up to four years.
An objective is about change. It should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant (realistic) and time-bound (SMART), expressed in terms of people and outcomes, and set towards achieving a long-term goal. This means objectives focus on outcomes – real, practical change that can be expressed in terms of improvements.
Academic attainment is important, but pupils also need to move on from this stage of their education feeling happy and self-confident. Corsham Regis Primary Academy is committed to providing a nurturing environment to help develop the resilience of our pupils to cope with the ups and downs and stresses of everyday life. Corsham Regis Primary Academy has decided that one of our Equality Objectives will address pupil mental health and wellbeing as part of our commitment to preventing mental health difficulties that may start in childhood but have a greater impact in adult life.
Objective 1: It is our aim to ensure all adults working in the academy are committed to raising awareness, increasing understanding and making a difference to pupils’ mental health by providing a place where all children feel safe, secure and able to achieve and experience success and well-being.
• Promoting mental health policy is updated annually and shared with staff (Mrs Sarah Harris) – The policy is updated biannually.
• Staff receive focused CPD to highlight potential mental health issues for children and families, as well as strategies linked to outdoor learning to improve these (Mrs Sarah Harris) – Mental Health Conference for the Corsham Cluster was held at Regis in September 2018. The School Improvement Plan for 2019/20 has prioritised raising awareness and improving mental health and emotional well-being of all stakeholders. This includes further work with Clare Laker from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.
• Pupils with attachment disorders are recognised and provided with support from ELSA qualified staff and have access to Nurture Room provision (Mrs Gail McCrum) – On-going
• Pupils are taught about healthy minds as well as healthy bodies through the Learn for Life curriculum (Mrs Sarah Harris) – On-going
• Corsham Regis Primary Academy achieves Healthy Schools Award in 2017 (Mrs Sarah Harris) – Achieved and is valid until 2020. Mrs Harris will be attending training in Autumn 2019 to in order to identify priorities for reaccreditation.
• The Senior Teacher Leading Inclusion will continue to make referrals to appropriate agencies, eg Trauma Recovery Centre, Spurgeons, CAMHS (Mrs Gail McCrum) – On-going. In addition, Mrs Gingell qualified as a Thrive Practitioner in October 2018 and has supported a number of our most needy pupils.
The impact will be measured by:
• The number of pupils who access Time to Talk in 2018-19 (9 pupils with 4 having double provision), 2017-18 (10 pupils) compared 2016-17 (9 pupils)
• The number of pupils who access Thrive in 2018-19 (13 pupils)
• Pupil Voice annually to gather their opinions and perceptions of mental health provision – To be completed in Autumn 2019 as part of the whole school pupil questionnaire
• The number of pupils accessing the Nurture Room provision in 2018-19 (20 pupils – 10 from each key stage), 2017-18 (9 pupils) compared 2016-17 (7 pupils)
• The number of successful referrals made to outside agencies specialising in providing mental health support (1 from 1 in each of 2017-18 and 2018-19)
Another current focus for Corsham Regis Primary Academy is to ensure that our pupils understand and appreciate the rich diversity of Britain and the important values that help people with differing perspectives and outlooks to live together harmoniously. This document provides information about what Corsham Regis Primary Academy is doing to develop our pupils’ ability to live in a pluralistic (diverse) society. Corsham Regis Primary Academy has an Equality Objective to increase understanding of religious/faith diversity (including people who do not have a faith) and to develop an awareness of the history of religious intolerance in Britain and Europe and to learn to promote tolerance and understanding.
Objective 2: To increase the understanding of religious diversity amongst pupils and to learn to promote tolerance and understanding between different groups.
• Discovery RE resource is used to support the teaching of religious education across the academy (Mrs Ceri Stone) – It is being used and Mrs Stone continues to support colleagues in its use
• Whole school and class assemblies are used to promote British Values (Mr Gareth Spicer) – On-going
• Review and update PREVENT action plan annually (Mr Gareth Spicer) – Plan has been reviewed in 2017, 2018 and 2019 to date
• Pupils are taught about respect, tolerance and understanding through the Learn for Life curriculum (Mrs Sarah Harris) – On-going
• Celebrate different cultures and traditions within the United Kingdom (Mr Gareth Spicer) – This was a priority in the School Improvement Plan for 2018/19 based on our own self-evaluation of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural provision. Our RE theme days will continue termly in 2019/20.
• Pupils are able to appreciate ethical debates (Mr Gareth Spicer) – Achieved
• Participation in different Corsham cluster school and community events (Mr Gareth Spicer) – On-going
The impact will be measured by:
• Pupil Voice annually to assess their understanding of religious diversity, tolerance and respect – To be completed in Autumn 2019 as part of the whole school pupil questionnaire
• Monitoring the number of racial incidents year on year – 2016-17: 0 2017-18: 7 2018-19: 3
This school is committed to addressing all issues of bullying behaviour and discriminatory language. This school is aware that social media and on-line gaming exposes children to language that describes people with disabilities in a negative way. This school understands the impact of these words and has therefore decided that one of our new Equality Objectives will be to educate our pupils about disability-related discriminatory language to ensure all our pupils understand why some words should not be used.
[i] The Equality Act 2010 and Schools https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/315587/Equality_Act_Advice_Final.pdf
iii Understanding the Gender Gap in Literacy and Language Development: Professor Gemma Moss and Dr Liz Washbrook, University of Bristol 2016 https://www.bristol.ac.uk/media-library/sites/education/documents/bristol-working-papers-in-education/Understanding%20the%20Gender%20Gap%20working%20paper.pdf
iv Gypsies and Travellers, House of Commons Briefing Paper Number 08083, 28 September 2017 http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-8083/CBP-8083.pdf
v The Fragility of Professional Competence, A Preliminary Account of Child Protection Practice with Romani and Traveller Children in England, January 2018, University of Salford, Manchester http://usir.salford.ac.uk/46146/1/the-fragility-of-professional-competence-january-2018.pdf
vi Educational Outcomes for Pupils who have English as an Additional Language: The Education Policy Institute, The Bell Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy by Jo Hutchinson, Director for Social Mobility and Vulnerable Learners (February 2018) https://www.bell-foundation.org.uk/research-report/educational-outcomes-of-children-with-english-as-an-additional-language/
viii Tell Mama, 2017
ix NSPCC, 2018
x British Youth Council, 2016
xi NSPCC, 2018
Funded by the Home Office Hate Crime Communities Project Fund
xiii LGBT History Month, https://www.stonewall.org.uk/lgbt-history-month-education celebrated in February each year.
xiv Stonewall School Report, 2017, The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans Pupils in Britain’s Schools https://www.stonewall.org.uk/school-report-2017
xv Valuing All God’s Children, 2017, https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2017-11/Valuing%20All%20God%27s%20Children%27s%20Report_0.pdf
xvi Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Special Education Needs and their Links to Poverty, 26 February 2016 https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/special-educational-needs-and-their-links-poverty