Central Academy recognises that providing equality of opportunity, valuing diversity and promoting a culture of inclusion are vital to our success.
We want our staff and students to reflect the diversity of the local, national, and international communities that we serve and influence. We aim to be a place where people can be free to be themselves no matter what their identity or background.
By creating a working, learning and social environment in which individuals can utilise their skills and talents to the full without fear of prejudice or harassment, we aim to create a culture where everyone can reach their fullest potential.
We will ensure that equality is embedded in all of our activities, policies and decisions and will work with our partner schools to share good practice. Key to this is our commitment to implementing a programme of activity to progress our equality aims and objectives.
This policy applies to all current and potential students and staff working at Central Academy on a paid or voluntary basis, external examiners, consultants, and visitors or contractors who visit our premises. It covers discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and/or belief, sex or sexual orientation as set out in the Equality Act (2010).
Equality is at the heart of our Strategy which sets out our values and goals. Our aim is to make full use of people’s talents and skills by creating an open and inclusive workplace culture where people from all backgrounds can work together with dignity and respect.
We will take active steps to fulfil our responsibilities and promote good practice by:
Implementation, Monitoring and Review
This Policy will be implemented through collaborative communication with all staff and pupils at Central Academy.
We will assess the impact of this Policy by monitoring as follows:
This Policy will be reviewed on annual basis to ensure that it reflects best practice and current legislation.
All staff are required to take part in EDI training on Educare, our Learning Management System.
Complaints Procedures related to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Central Academy expects all members of its community to treat others equitably, with dignity and respect. Any members of our Academy community who believe they have been discriminated against, harassed or bullied have the right to make a complaint free from victimisation or fear of retaliation.
When making a complaint, normally the matter should be raised informally in the first instance with the immediate line manager, SLT link or Headteacher using the following procedures, as appropriate:
Any member of staff may seek assistance and support from their trade union, Business Manager or Human Resources. Students may also seek advice and support from their Head of Year.
We aim to support and protect anyone who makes a complaint, or who acts as a witness, under these procedures from victimisation or retaliation.
Members of the public should address complaints to the Business Manager in the first instance.