All schools within Paradigm Trust are committed to meeting the public sector equality duty. We aspire for all pupils to reach their full potential and have high expectations that they will do so. In addition, we are working towards the following core equality objectives which apply to all our schools:

  • to ensure that arrangements for pupil admissions across the schools are fair and non-discriminatory
  • to minimise any achievement differences between girls and boys
  • to minimise any achievement differences between pupils from different ethnic groups
  • to minimise any achievement differences between pupils from different religious groups
  • to minimise any achievement differences between pupils who have disabilities and those who do not.

These objectives run through all aspects of our curriculum offer and our approach to high quality teaching.

The schools are able to demonstrate that they are meeting their equality duty through reference to the following:

  • the implementation of our admissions policy (available from the Trust’s web site, and on request from each school’s administration office)
  • school performance data (available from each school’s web site, and on request from each school’s administration office)
  • anti-bullying and behaviour policies (available from the Trust’s web site, and on request from each school’s administration office)
  • school development plans (available on request from each school’s administration office)
  • curriculum materials (available from each school’s web site, and on request from each school’s administration office)
  • Trust board, committee and academy council minutes (available on request from each school’s administration office).

We are working towards the following core equality objectives:

  • To minimise barriers to employment and staff progression within the Trust through use of fair and safe recruitment and selection practices which focus on the competencies required for the job

We are able to demonstrate that we are meeting our equality duty through reference to the following:

  • The implementation of our recruitment & selection policy & guidance, and safer recruitment practices
  • Regular staffing reports to the Trust board, and operations & finance committee
  • Regular monitoring of the impact of our recruitment and selection policy.  In the period 1st September 2016 – 31st August 2017, 71.6% of new recruits to the Trust were female, and 28.3% male.  11.6% of all new recruits were part time. 30% of new recruits were from a BME background.

Last reviewed, updated and approved by the Trust’s Education Committee in July 2017. The Trust’s equality objectives were first published in February 2015.

Last updated August 23, 2017