Equality and Cohesion

We welcome our legal obligations with regard to equality and cohesion and are guided by seven principles:

  • All learners and potential learners are of equal value: whether or not they are disabled, whatever their ethnicity, culture, religious affiliation, national origin or national status, whichever their gender.
  • We recognise and respect diversity: Treating people equally does not necessarily involve treating them all the same. Our policies, procedures and activities must not discriminate, but are differentiated, as appropriate, to take account of differences of life-experience, outlook and background, and in the kinds of barrier and disadvantage which people may face, in relation to disability, ethnicity and gender.
  • We foster positive attitudes and relationships, and a shared sense of cohesion and belonging.
  • Staff recruitment, retention and development: Policies and procedures should benefit all employees and potential employees, for example in recruitment and promotion, and in continuing professional development.
  • We aim to reduce and remove inequalities and barriers that already exist.
  • We consult widely.
  • Society as a whole should benefit.

This section contains links to information related to the Equality Act 2010 and the public sector equality duty.

Links to our Equality Objectives and Action Plan and relevant policies can be found below.