7 We work to raise standards for all students including the most vulnerable

7 we work to raise standards for all students

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7. We work to raise standards for all students, including the most vulnerable . Single Equality Duty Policy and Procedure Page 3 of 10
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2. Purpose of Policy The purpose of this policy is to show how we are integrating equality into the College’s core priorities and functions, which enables us to: Demonstrate how promoting equality and eliminating discrimination can help to raise standards. Ensure that equality and diversity are part of the College’s core business both as a provider of education and as an employer. Promote community cohesion and good relations between students and staff of different backgrounds through education. Place the College in a position, which is regarded by everyone as an environment that affords respect and fair treatment of all. 3. Applicability This Single Equality Duty Policy applies to all of the College students, staff, governors, parents/carers, visitors, volunteers and community users. The policy supports our responsibilities in relation to the Public Sector Equality Duty under section 149 of the Equality Act 2010. This states that, in carrying out their functions, public bodies, including schools and colleges, are required to have due regard to the need to:- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act; Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not; Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not. The Equality Act 2010 has broadened the groups that are protected to include nine protected characteristics. We all have one or more of the protected characteristics, so the Act protects everyone against unfair treatment. The protected characteristics are:- (i) Age: where this is referred to, it refers to a person belonging to a particular age (e.g. 32 year olds) or range of ages (e.g. 18 - 30 year olds). (ii) Disability: a person has a disability if s/he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on that person's ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. (iii) Gender Reassignment: the process of transitioning from one gender to another. (iv) Marriage and Civil Partnership: In England and Wales marriage is no longer restricted to a union between a man and a woman but now includes a marriage between a same-sex couple. Same-sex couples can also have their relationships legally recognised as 'civil partnerships'. Civil partners must not be treated less favourably than married couples (except where permitted by the Equality Act). Single Equality Duty Policy and Procedure Page 4 of 10
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(v) Pregnancy and Maternity: Pregnancy is the condition of being pregnant or expecting a baby. Maternity refers to the period after the birth, and is linked to maternity leave in the employment context. In the non-work context, protection against maternity discrimination is for 26 weeks after giving birth, and this includes treating a woman unfavourably because she is breastfeeding.
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