Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Sandhills Primary School
At Sandhills Community Primary School, we welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010
to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations in
relation to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy
and maternity, race and ethnicity, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
We are continuing to develop a strategic approach to ensuring that Equality, Diversity and
Inclusion are threaded through all aspects of school life including:
● Policies and processes
● Curriculum – individual and whole school programme of events
● Staff training
● Community links
The School is working towards the Bronze Equality Award.
Over the last 12 to 18 months, all staff have taken part in Equaliteach training
The Deputy Headteacher is currently taking part in the Equally Safe programme run by
Equaliteach that aims to prevent and tackle identity based bullying.
The Deputy Headteacher is a member of the River Learning Trust EDI curriculum group and
will be attending training on ‘Leading and Embedding a Diversity, Equality and Inclusion
strategy in your school’ over the course of the year.
In February 2021, the school undertook Edurio’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion survey,
along with all 24 schools in the River Learning Trust.
Whole school programme of visits, visitors, assemblies, focus days and annual events.
● Equaliteach ‘Rejecting Racism’ workshops for KS2
● Celebration of Black History Month
● Celebration of Pride Month
● International Women’s Day.
● Assembly celebrating The Paralympics
● Use of signing in assemblies
● Assemblies on celebrations from different faiths
● Well-being programme to embed school values of Respect, Responsibility,
Relationships and Resilience.
Examples of threading Equality, Diversity and Inclusion through the curriculum:
|English||An audit of class texts used for English has been carried out to
ensure a diversity of representation as well as written by authors of
different gender and ethnicity. Examples include Wonder by RJ
Palacio (Y6), The Girl Who Stole an Elephant by Nizrana Farook
(Y4); The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammed (Y3) and Coming To
England by Floella Benjamin (Y2).
Books purchased for the class libraries.
|Art||Children learn about artists from different cultures and different
styles of art. Eg Yayoi Kusama
|Music||The music curriculum studies music from different countries and
cultures. Eg Hands, Feet, Heart is a song written for children to
celebrate and learn about South African Music and Three Little
Birds by Bob Marley is a Reggae song.
Additionally, children learn to sign songs as part of the music
|History||Learning about key historical figures and events eg Mary Seacole
and Rosa Parks.
|PSHE||‘Celebrating Difference’ is a term-long topic studied by children in
Years One to Six.
We continue to look for more ways to meaningfully thread equality, diversity and inclusion
through our curriculum across all subject areas.
In 2021 we brought International Women’s Day together with Science Week and the children
wrote questions for and interviewed a member of our school community who works on the
Covid Vaccine Project as part of the Oxford Vaccine Group.
‘All the children in our school were invited to submit questions and they did not disappoint!
We received a fantastic range of questions from all our classes including some of the
youngest children in the school. The interview, carried out by several of our year six pupils
was recorded and shared with all classes and it was great to hear the children finding out the
answers to their questions. We hope the children were inspired by what they heard and by
the hugely important role science has in our lives.’
Stakeholder workshops – A workshop for parents was held in February 2020 and the DHT
updates Governors either through meetings with a Link Governor or by attending meetings.
We are looking to further rebuild links with the community following the Covid pandemic.