Why is equality and diversity important to your school?
Equality and diversity is not as easy as treating ‘everyone the same’ – far from it. It’s about embracing equality and diversity in your school and treating everyone with dignity and respect. It’s also about making adjustments for some people, so that they can achieve equality.
As public sector organisations, we have to meet the requirements of the Equality Act, and also the Equality Duty. It’s really important we get it right as mistakes can be costly, not only moneywise, but in our reputations too. So let us help you get it right first time.
Ann Webster, our Lead on Equality and Diversity has over 30 years’ experience in the equality world and has successfully led the Council to:
- Achieve ‘excellent in equality’ under the Equality Framework for Local Government – only the 6th Council to achieve this award
- Being one of Stonewall’s top 100 employers in the country for gay equality for the last three years
- Earn the ‘positive about disabled people’ logo for working with disabled employees and job applicants – we’ve had this every year since the scheme began in the early 90’s
- Winning the ‘CredAbility verified access award’ for the newly refurbished Council House
So, what can we do to help you?
Ann can provide:
- Current equality information and advice at your fingertips
- Advice on reasonable adjustments for disabled people
- Help in working on your statutory equality objectives
- Help your school take part in equality days, such as
- International Day against Disabled People
- International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia
- International Women’s Day
- Interfaith week
- Access to our external Diversity Forums, such as our Minority Community Diversity Forum, Disabled People’s Diversity Forum, Voices in Action Young People’s Forum and our Gender and Sexuality Diversity Forum
- Training and consultancy on equality and diversity
- Access to our employee networks such as our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender network, black employees support group and disabled employees network
Available to meet your needs
Contact Ann Webster on 01332 643722 minicom 01332 640666 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann is available Monday to Thursday, but if you need her on a Friday that can be arranged. She will provide training in the day, in the evenings or at weekends, whichever suits you best.
Why don’t you give us a try and to get you going – here are a few links to the Equality Act you may find useful:
- Public sector equality duty guidance for schools
- Equality Act advice and guidance for schools
- Protected characteristics definitions