The Equality Act 2010:  specific duties for schools

Speedwell Infant School is committed to providing equal opportunities for all children, regardless of gender, ethnicity, physical ability, date of birth, or social and economic circumstances.

We aim to support children to make as much progress as possible.

We aim for all our children to achieve what is expected for their age taking into account the New National Curriculum September 2014.

We are aware that certain groups of children may be affected by any of the factors outlined above. For example:

In our Infant school (September 2016):

  • 46% are girls
  • 54% are boys
  • 96.6% are white British
  • 0% have English as a second language

In 2016 children achieved as follows, at the end of Year 2: Reading

All Children (33)
Working at greater depth – 33%
Working at standard and above – 88%
Working towads standard – 6%
Working below standard – 6%

Girls (14)
Working at greater depth – 36%
Working at standard and above – 93%
Working towads standard – 7%
Working below standard – 6%

Boys (19)
Working at greater depth – 32%
Working at standard and above – 84%
Working towads standard – 5%
Working below standard – 11%

In the recent past girls have achieved more highly than boys. This is an issue which the school continues to work on. We do this by looking carefully at how boys and girls learn. We plan the curriculum to ensure all groups of children are interested, and motivated to learn. We endeavour to make learning as active and ‘hands on’ as possible, and also use the outside areas as much as possible.

o    Year 2 results 2016 for Free School Meal children were below those of Non Free School Meal children in school, but analysis of progress  showed that Pupil Premium children made further accelerated progress from Reception than non Pupil Premium children.

o    Phonics results for Year 1 children with Free School Meals results were higher than Non Free School Meals. A higher percentage of girls achieved the threshold than boys. Results for Pupil Premium children have risen each year from 2013.

o    EYFS Non-Pupil Premium children out perform Pupil Premium children across all aspects.

50% (7/14) Pupil premium children reached the Good Level of Development.
64% (16/25) Non-Pupil Premium children reached the Good Level of Development.

However, children made more than expected (accelerated) progress across several aspects.  Some children made in excess of 8 or more steps across the year.  All Pupil Premium children have grown in confidence, and their skills for learning are much improved.

Gaps have been narrowed in:
•    Making Relationships
•    Listening and Attention
•    Shape, Space and Measure
•    Using media and materials (only 10% difference)

Objective: Sept 2016 – July 2017

Close the gap between the achievements of children entitled to free school meals and the rest of the children, with particular reference to reading and maths.

This will be measured by:
Year 2 national curriculum tests
Yr 1 phonics screening results
Yr 2 phonics screening results
EYFSP results

Progress will be monitored by the Head Teachers, through pupil progress meetings, teaching observations, work trawls and regular data analysis. Attainment of these pupils is reported to Governors three times a year.

FSM children are identified, and targeted by every class teacher. Interventions, through differentiated learning, specific targets and small group/individual work are in place on a daily basis.