Ashton, Manchester

Safe Start Equality & Diversity Policy

Policy Created: January 2020
Reviewed by: Grace Speakman
Review Date: January 2021

C O N T E N T S
1. Introduction
2. Role of the Staff
3. Role of Students and Parents/Carers
4. Unacceptable behaviours
5. Rewards and Sanctions

Scope and Purpose

Safe Start is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive working and learning
environment that respects and celebrates difference.

We aim to provide a community where everyone feels able to participate in school life and achieve their full potential.

Safe Start is dedicated to eliminating discrimination and advancing equality on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief (including no belief), sex and sexual orientation and to fostering good relations between different groups.

Introduction to EDI and Our Core Values

Promoting, celebrating and valuing diversity and ensuring equality are at the heart of the
School’s core values, and benefit all aspects of their communities. These encompass the
British values of mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and
beliefs and for those without faith, the rule of law, individual liberty and democracy.


Our Vision


At Safe Start, we’ve got ambitious goals for the future and a strong vision to lead the
way in the region, and the country.
Our Values:

  • Integrity • We are honest, trustworthy and open.
  • One team • We collaborate, respect each other and contribute to team goals.
  • Always improving • We are forward-thinking, we innovate and take ownership.
  • Can do • We are positive, inclusive, flexible and proactive.
  • Sustainable • We take a long-term view, environmentally, financially and socially.


At Safe Start our vision is to deliver world class technical and professional higher levels
skills to meet the priorities of the Tameside region.

Our first Strategic Aim is ‘to create an inclusive culture, to benefit the residents of both Tameside and Greater Manchester’.

Safe Start provides a fully inclusive and integrated support for all. Our inclusive culture
celebrates, supports and values diversity through the delivery of locally relevant, career-
focussed higher education and skills, providing choice and opportunity for all.

Scope

This policy applies to all members of the Safe Start community including stakeholders,
staff, students and visitors.

The policy applies to all sites and premises belonging to Safe Start or used by to carry out its functions.

Principles

This policy builds upon the foundation of equality legislation and anti-discrimination
guidance and strives, not only to comply with legal requirements, but to use these to
ensure that Safe Start endeavours to exemplify best practice.

The policy is governed by the Equality Act 2010, which make it unlawful to discriminate against someone because of one or more of the following protected characteristics.

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender Re-assignment
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Race
  • Religion and Belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation

In the implementation of this policy, Safe Start will aim to:

  •  Expect all members of its communities to treat each other with dignity and respect. We
    support the right of individuals and groups to hold their own beliefs and values, but will
    not tolerate these being manifested in a way that intimidates, humiliates or creates a
    hostile or degrading learning or working environment.
  • Create an inclusive learning and working environment that supports good relations
    between people and challenges prejudice, intolerance and discrimination in all its forms.
  •  Ensure that all of our learners, staff and visitors, are treated fairly and are not discriminated against on any grounds, including those protected by the Equality Act 2010
  • Support our commitment to inclusivity, and to meet our legal duties. We will publish an equality annual report each year and revisit our equality objectives every year. The
    equality objectives and equality and diversity actions will be monitored by the Equality and Diversity strategic group on a termly basis.
  • Communicate its commitment to promoting equality and diversity in staff and learner
    recruitment material, handbooks, policies, social media and in other communications.
  • Ensure that publicity material positively promotes the diversity of our communities.
  • Develop a co-ordinated approach to raising awareness of diversity and citizenship
    through internal promotion in lessons and enrichment. We will produce a Citizenship
    Calendar each year that celebrates diversity and religious festivals, enhancing the
    student experience.
  • Introduce positive action initiatives where patterns of under-representation and differences in outcomes for staff and learners are identified.
  • Proactively encourage potential and current students and staff to confidentially disclose
    any disabilities or other needs relating to protected characteristics that they may have.
    We will promote a culture of inclusivity, in which individuals feel confident and safe to
    make a disclosure. We will provide reasonable adjustments in response to individual
    need and will not disadvantage any student on the basis of such needs.
  • Gather and store any data relevant to any of the protected characteristics
    appropriately and in line with GDPR guidelines.
  • Ensure that there are effective and sensitive support and complaints mechanisms in
    place, should anyone feel that they have either witnessed or experienced discrimination
    Students will be expected to adhere to The Deal, which is promoted during induction and throughout the academic year
  • Uphold the core values of Safe Start at all times.
  • Students will commit to displaying the behavioural competencies as outlined in The Deal.
  • Not engage in or accept any bullying or harassment.
  • Respect, recognise and acknowledge varying needs of all members of our communities.
  • Be prepared to challenge and report inappropriate behaviour.
  • Act with due consideration and respect towards all members of the school community at all.
  • Treat all staff, fellow students and visitors with courtesy and respect at all times, and without discrimination.


Students can expect:

  • Inclusive learning practices, which acknowledge differences in students’ learning styles
    and abilities.
  • Learning materials free from bias, which celebrate diversity and challenge
    stereotyping.
  • All instances of bullying, harassment or discrimination to be taken seriously and fully
    investigated, with appropriate action taken.
  • To be treated with respect and courtesy at all times.
  • A learning environment where differences are not only respected but are celebrated.
  • Equality of opportunity to participate in school organised events, where appropriate.
  • Reasonable adjustments and support in helping you meet your learning aims.

Staff will be expected to:

  • Adhere to the behaviours promoted in ‘OUR DEAL’ learner agreement
  • Uphold our core values and high standards of behaviour at all times.
  • Challenge and report all instances of bullying, harassment and discrimination in the community.
  • Lead by example in demonstrating understanding of, and respect for differences in diversity groups.
  • Be courteous, respectful and treat all member of the Safe Start community without discrimination.
  • Contribute to the development of a learning environment free from discrimination, victimisation and harassment.

Definitions:
Equality refers to the elimination of unlawful and unfair direct and indirect discrimination of particular groups and promoting equal access, treatment and outcomes that take into account specific needs of individuals.

Diversity encompasses visible and non-visible individual differences that includes, but is
not limited to, differences protected by anti-discrimination legislation. Appreciating diversity is about valuing differences and recognising that everyone through their unique mixture of skills and experience has their own valuable contribution to make.

Inclusivity is the practice of including all people regardless of their protected characteristics or individual differences.

Linked Policies, Practices and Procedures

  • SEN policy
  • British Values
  • Disciplinary Policy
  • Visual ID Policy
  • OUR DEAL
  • The Dress Code Policy
  • Complaints Policy