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Equality & Diversity

Accrington & Rossendale College is committed to the active pursuit of an equality and diversity policy which addresses the need and right of everyone in College to be treated with respect and dignity, in an environment in which a diversity of backgrounds experience is valued.

We are committed to working in an inclusive way within the communities that we serve and to develop a student community and workforce of the future that reflects East Lancashire’s rich diversity.

We aim to ensure that all staff and students, whether existing or potential, receive fair and equal treatment when applying to, or working as, members of the College, and to counter any attitudes and behaviour which deny opportunities to people simply or primarily because of their:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation.

We also recognise that truly embracing and respecting diversity means more than complying with equalities legislation and the strands protected by it, so we also take into account issues such as:

  • Individuals abilities and access to education
  • Cultural and economic backgrounds
  • Physical and Social environments
  • Health.

In order to achieve this, we will:

  • Work to ensure equality of access and resources for our students and staff
  • Provide an environment which promotes equality of opportunity and is free from unlawful discrimination, harassment or victimisation of any kind
  • Take seriously any allegations of discrimination and investigate these quickly and sensitively
  • Educate students for life and work in a multi-cultural society
  • Enable a representative cross-section of the local community to participate in educational activities
  • Work collaboratively with a range of national, regional and community organisations to promote diversity, address inequality and discrimination and ensure inclusion
  • Work towards a staff team that reflects and complements our communities and students
  • Equally respect, appropriately support and fairly reward each employee, student and user of our services
  • Ensure that all staff and students understand the significance of equality of opportunity and know how to implement it in their practice
  • Develop systems to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of our process and practice around  equality and diversity
  • Comply with all current equalities and data protection legislation as an employer and as a provider  of education

For more information please see:

Equality and Diversity Report 2012-13

SEN and Disability

Single Equality Scheme 2011-2014

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