Equality Statement

EQUALITY WORK WITHIN THE LEEK FEDERATION

 This site is a resource for those both internal and external to the federation. It aims to give details about what Equality and Diversity means and help you to think about your attitudes to others and your ideas of people you meet. We would like you to also think about the attitudes of others around you.

We also need to let you know what the law says, and what you can do to help yourself and others and be fair to everyone.

We hope that having looked through the federation’s and the individual school’s websites so that you will feel you have more of an understanding of what Equality and Diversity is all about in The Leek Federation.

If you have any queries regarding this website please email executiveprincipal@leekfederation.org.uk

The federation has a number of policies, statements and procedures that are there to support you.

Disability Statement

The Leek Federation is committed to equality for all and widening participation for disabled students and ensuring that all students have access to a high quality learning experience.

To help us achieve this please make sure that you let us know what you need so we can make reasonable adjustments to help you succeed.


Equality and Diversity Statement

The Leek Federation is committed to equality of opportunity. The aim is to create an environment in which people treat each other with mutual respect, regardless of: age, disability, family responsibility, marital status, race, colour, ethnicity, nationality, religion or belief, gender, gender identity, transgender, sexual orientation, trade union activity or unrelated criminal convictions.


Shortened Equality and Diversity Statement

The Leek Federation is committed to creating an environment where there is mutual respect and equality of opportunity.

 The Leek Federation Equality Strategy

The schools within The Leek Federation have a long-standing commitment to equality and diversity for all individuals engaged in learning and working within the schools of the federation.

Our equality work has now been refocused and refined to meet the requirements for an Equality Strategy as part of the Equality Act 2010. We constantly review the progress made under our Single Equality Scheme in order to help us set out our future priorities.

Our Equality Strategy sets out the federation’s approach to promoting equality across the full range of its activities. The strategy covers staff, students and other stakeholders and aims to ensure that all individuals have an equal opportunity to take part in all aspects of life. Set within the context of the federation’s mission, values, objectives and strategies the strategy will identify how it links to, supports and is supported by them.

The strategy and objectives were reviewed as at 31 May 2013.  The objectives are embedded within the Federation’s Strategic Plan.

Equality Analysis (Impact Assessments) formerly Equality Impact Assessment

The federation conducts equality analysis assessments not only because we are legally required to do so but also because we are all responsible for making the schools happy, safe and welcoming places. The process supports us in promoting equality of opportunity, positive attitudes and good relations among students, staff and all people who come into the schools, and taking a proactive approach to tackle unfair discrimination and improving services.

Policies have been mapped and prioritised to determine their level of impact upon the schools’ staff, students and the local community and policies that affect core functions of the schools have all been impact assessed.

If any constraints or inequalities are identified, action will then be taken. Amendments will be made if the policy is deemed to have, or potentially have, an adverse effect on or is not accessible to any group of individuals. Where language in the policy must remain, a glossary of terms will be added to the policy.

* Policy or policies is used throughout to refer to policies, plans, procedures and practices.

The Leek Federation Equality and Diversity Policy

The purpose of this policy is to establish clear guidance regarding equality and to establish key principles, structures and monitoring arrangements for the schools in the federation. The guidance will be applicable to Governors, senior leaders and all employees and students in the federation, contractors, volunteers and visitors.

The federation will regularly measure, review and reinforce the effectiveness of the policy through:

The cycle of Self-Assessment
Strategic Plans
Staff and student surveys and data analysis
Collecting and disseminating examples of good practice
Monitoring activity

Our statement of commitment to equality and diversity

The schools of the federation are open to people, places, methods and ideas.
We promote educational opportunity and social justice by providing high-quality education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.

Our vision expresses our aspiration to provide opportunities to all. As such, equality and diversity have been part of the core values of the federation since its inception.

Our continued dedication to social justice and equality of opportunity is embodied in a set of commitments and principles. Through these commitments, we will strengthen our position as significant education providers for the young people of Leek and The Moorlands.

Our commitments

  • We are committed to ‘making it happen!’ We focus less on documenting the actions we take and more on measuring the outcomes we achieve.
  • We are committed to providing an inclusive culture in which all individuals are encouraged to participate fully and are treated on the basis of their abilities.
  • We will treat individuals with dignity and respect and provide an environment that is free from prejudice, bullying, harassment and unlawful discrimination. We will take action to challenge inappropriate behaviour and discriminatory practice.
  • We recognise that different people and groups have different needs and that people have multiple-identities and multiple-needs. We will make reasonable adjustments and proportional changes to our processes and procedures in order to meet the needs and circumstances of our students, customers, staff and partners.
  • We will ensure that legislative requirements or other demands do not create a hierarchy between different aspects of equality and diversity in our community.
  • We will provide our staff and associates with the knowledge and skills they need to understand and meet their equality and diversity responsibilities.

Principles

The following principles guide equality and diversity work within The Leek Federation:

  • We value diversity highly. We recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, opinions, histories, knowledge and culture and that this difference brings great strength.
  • We do not discriminate based on a person’s age; disability; family circumstance; gender; political opinion; race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin; religion or belief; sexual orientation; socio-economic background, trade union membership or other distinctions. Such forms of discrimination represent a waste of human resources and a denial of opportunity for individual self-fulfilment.
  • We recognise that patterns of inequality in society are also reflected in our local community and that under-representation and differences in outcomes for our students and staff need to be challenged through positive actions.
  • We understand that actual or perceived differences in beliefs or values can arise between different groups in society. We respect the rights of individuals and groups to hold their own views and values, but will not allow these to be manifested in a way that intimidates or humiliates, or is hostile or degrading to others.
  • A successful equality and diversity strategy requires the active support of the entire local community; staff, students, customers, partners and contractors. Commitment, involvement and good practice is therefore encouraged and expected from the entire community in the implementation of this strategy.