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Equality and Inclusion

Equality and Inclusion

“Equality is ensuring equal treatment and equal opportunity, where no-one is held back because of who they are or where they come from.” [Home Office]

On 1 October 2010, the Equality Act 2010 replaced all existing equality legislation such as the Race Relations Act, Disability Discrimination Act and Sex Discrimination Act. It has consolidated this legislation, simplified it and extended protection from discrimination.

It is unlawful for the academy to discriminate against a person by treating them less favourably because of their:

· Age

· Disability

· Gender

· Gender reassignment

· Race

· Religion, faith or belief including lack of belief

· Sexual orientation

· Marriage and civil partnership

· Pregnancy and maternity

 

The Public Sector Equality Duty as part of the Equality Act came into force on 6 April 2011 It requires all public bodies when carrying out their day to day work to have due regard to the need to:

· Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act

· Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it

· Foster good relations across all characteristics – between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it


Having due regard for advancing equality involves:

· Removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics

· Taking steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people

· Encouraging people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.

All information must be published in a way which makes it easy for people to access and understand.


Definitions

Protected Characteristics - It is unlawful for us to discriminate against a student, prospective student, parent, member of staff by treating them less favourably because of their:

· Age

· Disability

· Gender

· Gender reassignment

· Race

· Religion, faith or belief including lack of belief

· Sexual orientation

· Marriage and civil partnership

· Pregnancy and maternity

This includes:

· Admissions

· The way education is provided to students

· The way students are able to access any benefit, facility or service

· Excluding a student or subjecting them to any other detriment

However, although a person’s age is a protected characteristic in relation to employment and to the provision of goods and services this does not apply to students and we are able to admit and organise children in age groups and treat students in ways appropriate to their age and stage of development

Under no circumstances will the academy condone an act of any unlawful discrimination: 

Direct discrimination occurs when one person treats another less favourably, because of a protected characteristic, than they treat – or would treat – other people. This describes the most clear-cut and obvious examples of discrimination.

Indirect discrimination occurs when a “provision, criterion or practice” is applied generally but has the effect of putting people with a particular characteristic at a disadvantage when compared to people without that characteristic.

Harassment has a specific legal definition in the Act - it is “unwanted conduct, related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating a person’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that person”.

Victimisation occurs when a person is treated less favourably than they otherwise would have been because of something they have done (“a protected act”) in connection with the Act.

Discrimination by association a person will not be discriminated against because they are associated with another person with a protected characteristic.

Perception whether a person has a protected characteristic or it would be discrimination to treat that person differently because it is thought that they have a protected characteristic.


Equalities Policy


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