Equality & Diversity
The College is committed to promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for all those who help to shape our college community (learners, staff, governors, employers and wider stakeholders within our areas of work and sphere of influence). We believe that all have the right to be valued and respected equally and to be provided with equality of opportunity. This document sets out the key principles for ensuring that an inclusive culture underpins our work and how we aim to create a positive and inclusive ethos with a shared commitment to the advancement of opportunity, to challenging and eliminating stereotyping prejudice and discrimination and by promoting and fostering good relations.
The College is fully committed to actively promoting shared values that include equality, diversity and social inclusion, involving our community and valuing their contribution to the delivery of our work. We will develop our work in this area by actively listening to and involving our stakeholders.
The College has published specific equality objectives which demonstrate our commitment. The objectives set out that we will:
- advance equality of opportunity between all student groups in education and training and promote inclusion through dynamic governance and leadership;
- enhance the teaching, learning and assessment environment, ensuring it is safe, supportive and anti-discriminatory and raise aspirations, success and progression opportunities for each individual;
- promote equality and diversity in order to have a positive impact on the release of the potential of all staff, learners, employers and the community we serve.
The College produces an annual report and plan in order to demonstrate its progress towards the achievement of these objectives. As a public body, North Warwickshire and Hinckley College is subject to the Public Sector Equality duty and legislation which:
- Actively eliminates discrimination, harassment and bullying
- Advances equality of opportunity
- Fosters good relations across the protected characteristics of:
- Gender Reassignment
- Sexual Orientation
- Religion or Belief
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Marriage and Civil Partnership
As with all that we do, we aim to go beyond legislation expectations to actively promote equality of opportunity and in valuing diversity across all of the services that we provide. We also recognise that as well as the protected characteristics there are additional groups who we would want to include in this work, groups such as young carers, those in or leaving care, ex- offenders and others from disadvantaged backgrounds.
This Equality Scheme applies to all of the people, organisations and communities with which the College works.