The college aims to create an environment in which all staff and students, whatever their background or ability, feel equally welcomed and valued, and in which discrimination and harassment is not tolerated. The college aims to provide a learning and working environment where everyone is encouraged, supported and enabled to achieve their full potential.
tHE EQUALITY ACT 2010
The Equality Act 2010 replaced and harmonised previous equality legislation, and introduced nine Protected Characteristics:
- Gender Identity
- Marriage and Civil Partnership
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Religion and Belief
- Sex (formerly gender)
- Sexual Orientation
NPTC Group of Colleges gathers and monitors anonymised Equality data on all nine protected characteristics. Equality monitoring is very important, for several reasons:
- data is reported on each year and trends and changes are noted over time
- data helps to inform college policies and procedures
- data shows the breakdown of students at the college and helps to ensure that everybody is well represented
Although it may not seem that this information is relevant to your employment or studies, it helps the college improve various initiatives, communication methods, projects and more.
POLICIES, PLANS, AND REPORTS
The college has a Strategic Equality Plan 2016-2020, which aims to embed the principles of equality, diversity, respect and fair treatment into all that we do.
We have an Equality & Diversity Policy, which sets out our commitment to ensure that staff, students and users of the College are treated fairly and with equity in all areas.
We also publish annual Equality monitoring reports, which include detailed statistics, and a summary of the work undertaken and progress made with regards to equality.
DIVERSITY MANAGEMENT GROUP
The college has a Diversity Management Group whose purpose is to monitor equality and diversity, and consider ways of extending equal opportunities in all that we do. The Diversity Management Group reports directly to the Senior Management Team.