Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Warrington Collegiate is committed to being an Inclusive college and in response to the Public Sector Equality Duty requirements we are publishing evidence which outlines how this is being achieved. We aim to ensure that the Collegiate’s educational provision, services, policies and procedures meet the needs of all our learners, staff and stakeholders.
We are committed to fostering an environment free of all forms of discrimination, actively promoting inclusion, equality of opportunity and celebrating diversity. Under no circumstances will the College condone an act of unlawful discrimination. Our Public Sector Equality Duty Document demonstrates that Warrington Collegiate is commitment to ensuring that equality issues are at the heart of our work.
Leadership and commitment at all levels of the Collegiate are central to the success of the scheme and we will work proactively to reinforce the benefits of a diverse student-staff population, enhancing the learning process, the programmes we offer and our local and regional impact and reputation.
To ensure the overseeing, monitoring and implementation of the Public Sector Equality Duty, we have
1) The Equality and Diversity Committee
2) The Equality and Diversity Strategy Group
3) Equality and Diversity Co-ordinator
4) Student Union Equality and Diversity Representatives
The Equality duty consists of a general duty, with three main aims (set out in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010); and specific duties(set out in the secondary legislation that accompanies the Act). The specific duties are intended to assist public bodies to meet the general duty.
The equality duty covers the following protected characteristics that are recognised within the Equality Act:
The new extended Public Sector Equality Duty requires us to do 3 things:
1. PSED1: Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
2. PSED2: Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
3. PSED3: Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
The new duty covers 8 of the 9 protected characteristics of the Equality Act (2010).
- Sexual Orientation
- Religeon and beleif
- Gender reassignment
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Civil Partnership
The Public Sector Equality duty also applies to marriage and civil partnership, but only in respect of the requirement to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination in employment.