Equality Statement and Objectives 2023
At Paulton Infant School we want to ensure that we promote the highest possible standards of achievement for all. Equality of opportunity applies to all members of the school community: pupils, staff, governors, parents and community members. We believe that equality is embedded with our school values GROW: Grow your brain and learn new things, Respect and responsibility, Opportunity and Wellbeing. These values alongside, our school vision, Learning Together, Learning for Life, are designed to ensure that the school meets the needs of all, taking account of gender, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, language, sexual orientation, age, ability, disability and social circumstances.
It is of the utmost importance that we value cultural diversity, meet the diverse needs of pupils to ensure inclusion, actively promote gender equality and oppose discrimination in all its forms to ensure that all pupils are prepared for full participation in an equal, respectful society.
It is also important that, during the day to day life of the school, we promote equality of opportunity between disabled and non-disabled persons, male and female, and people of different racial or cultural groups. In addition, we will not accept discrimination and will actively promote positive attitudes to all and encourage participation by all, which takes accounts of an individual’s specific needs.
Public Sector Equality Duty
The Equality Act 2010 requires us to publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard for the need to:
Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct 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 between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
Paulton Infant School is an inclusive school where we focus on the well-being and progress of every child and where all members of our community are of equal worth.
We believe that the Equality Act provides a framework to support our commitment to valuing diversity, tackling discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relationships between people. It also ensures that we continue to tackle issues of disadvantage and underachievement of different groups.
Our approach to equality is based on the following key principles:
1. All learners are of equal value
2. We recognise and respect difference
3. We foster positive attitudes and relationships and a shared sense of cohesion and belonging.
4. We observe good equalities practice in staff recruitment, retention and development.
5. We aim to reduce and remove inequalities and barriers that already exist.
6. We have the highest expectations of all our children.
Number of pupils on roll at the school: 210
Age of pupils: 4 to 7
Information on pupils by protected characteristics
The Equality Act 2010 protects people from discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics. Every person has several of the protected characteristics, so the Act protects everyone against unfair treatment.
In order to ensure that all pupils are protected from discrimination, the school collects information on protected characteristics.
Information on other groups of pupils
In addition to pupils with protected characteristics, we gather further information on the following groups of pupils:
Pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM)
Pupils with Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND)
Pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Looked after children
Other vulnerable groups
The Equality Act 2010 sets out that all public bodies will publish equalities objectives every four years. This document identifies the equalities objectives that we have chosen to focus on over the next four years, from 2020 to 2024, to improve equality, diversity and inclusion at Paulton Infant School. We recognise and take very seriously our broad responsibilities as both an employer and as a provider of a service to members of the public and will endeavour to make sure that these targets are met.