This policy is intended for Staff, Students and Staff, and Governors. It is expected that each department within the College will have its own Policy for Equal Opportunities which will relate closely to the whole College policy.
All schools have a responsibility to promote good relationships and mutual respect. A school’s ethos should counter stereotypes and prejudice, reduce the effects of discrimination and help its students to accept and understand social diversity. Equal Opportunities is about helping everyone to fulfil their potential.
Equal Opportunities: Staff Policy Statement
This college confirms its opposition to unfair discrimination in employment and commits itself to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunity. The aim of this policy is to ensure that the recruitment, selection, training and promotion of staff are based solely on the criteria of merit and ability and that no job applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, marital status, domestic circumstances, age, sexuality, disability, trade union activity, political or religious beliefs.
- The Equal Opportunities Policy should be monitored and reviewed regularly by staff and governors and an update should be presented by the person with special responsibility for the policy.
- Staff training should include an equal opportunities perspective.
- All members of staff should be encouraged to develop their activities within the College on an equal opportunities basis.
- All staff should be required to view their subject from an equal opportunity perspective.
- Promotion should be by open competition.
- Where part time or supply staff are employed, care should be taken to avoid less favourable treatment when compared with full time staff.
Equal Opportunities: Staff and Student Policy Statement
- All students should have access to the National Curriculum and every effort should be made to meet Special Educational Needs.
- No one should be discriminated against on grounds of Gender, Ethnic Origin, Disability, Social Background or level of Academic Ability.
- Care should be taken to avoid a situation where the most skilled specialist teachers always teach the most highly academic children and non-specialist or inexperienced teachers take less academic children.
- Budget holders should aim to consider the needs of students of all abilities when purchasing books and other materials.
- Teachers should monitor the relative performances of girls and boys and try to ensure that treatment in the classroom, provision of materials and examinations are all based on equality.
- College discipline procedures should operate on an equal basis for boys and girls.
- Option choices should avoid discrimination on the grounds of gender and whenever possible on the grounds of ability.
- The destinations of students after they leave College should be monitored regularly and Equal Opportunity issues noted.
- Boys and girls should be encouraged to contribute to the ethos and atmosphere of the College on an equal basis.
- Student involvement in community projects should be encouraged on a basis of equality.
- College assemblies should encourage equal opportunities by the way children are seated, choice of speakers and the subject matter.
- All students should be listed alphabetically for administrative purposes.
- Work Experience placements, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme projects and careers guidance should avoid gender bias.
- Students should be encouraged to work productively in groups of mixed gender and ability as part of the college ethos.
- There should be an opportunity for consultation, with an equal representation of boys and girls, to raise important issues with the staff.
- Multi-cultural perspectives should be offered to enrich the education of all students and work against narrow-mindedness and prejudice.
Equal Opportunities: Governors’ Policy Statement
(a) Get an issue raised; (b) Take positive action; (c) Keep up the momentum.
- Governors should seek training in Equal Opportunities and be encouraged to be involved with staff in their training.
- They should be aware that it is unlawful to refuse admission to prospective students on the grounds of sex.
- Governors should be acquainted with the way the curriculum is organised within the college and should check that boys and girls receive equal teaching opportunities in all subject areas.
- Governors should ensure that standards of behaviour, dress and appearance on the part of students, school rules and disciplinary methods, apply evenly to students of both sexes.
- Governors should ensure that boys and girls benefit equally from college budget provisions.
- Governors should ensure that their commitment to Equal Opportunities is clearly apparent and they should actively seek the support of parents for the college’s equal opportunity policy.
- When interviewing prospective members of staff, governors should be aware that questions about marriage plans or family intentions are irrelevant and potentially discriminatory.
- Governors should be aware of their responsibility to act in cases of sexual harassment among students or staff.
- Within the governing body, staff governors should understand that they cannot chair committee meetings or be elected to the chair of governors. While they are elected by staff and expected to convey staff opinions to the governing body, they have the right to vote as they see fit and to be included on interview panels and committees.
Date: 3rd July 2013