Equality and Diversity
Equality and Diversity Manager: Tracey Forman
SLC is proud to be chosen by people from a wide range of backgrounds. We work with parents, learners, staff and community partners to ensure we are inclusive and fair.
We are committed to celebrating diversity and aim to provide an environment in which people treat each other with respect regardless of;
- Gender Reassignment
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Religion and Belief
- Sexual Orientation
- Marraige and Civil Partnership
We have researched, developed and consulted on a single equality scheme which demonstrates our commitment to equality and diversity for all people learning and working at the college. We are now working towards Investors in Diversity and a new framework to continue or work.
Welcome to the Equality Duty
I am absolutely delighted to tell you that we have now published the college response to the first steps in meeting the equality duty. The duty gives public authorities legal responsibilities to demonstrate that we are taking action on equality and policy making in the delivery of services and in employment.
Over the last forty years, the life chances and opportunities for many people have improved hugely as a result of legislation and, most importantly the action taken to address inequality, disadvantage and discrimination.
Although equality legislation can be seen as the property of government, our college has played its part in promoting equality and helping to address inequality by giving our learners the skills they need to get the best from their lives. Equality is a key element in our values, strategy and planning; contributes to our purpose and targets and runs through all of our delivery and policy making. We provide support and services to all our learners and employ several hundred staff - what we do and how we do it really affects people’s lives. The Equality Duty will help us to ensure that everything we provide is responsive to people’s needs and experiences.
Our first response is now available on the college website and intranet. It shows where we are now, regarding staff and learners, in terms of protected characteristics. I urge you to make yourself familiar with this; it is not a static document but will be updated as and when new information is available. Also we need your feedback; we welcome comments and challenges if they will help us to be the most inclusive, diverse college we can be.
For anyone who thinks legislation is “political correctness gone mad” (to coin a popular phrase) please think again. Legislation without action is meaningless but the purpose of the Public Sector Equality Duty is to move away from a concentration on policy and a move towards improvements. We need to say what we are going to do, how we are going to do it, what we have been able to do and why. This is not about dry and dusty paperwork which never sees the light of day; it is about justice for all and a move towards a fairer society. We believe this will lead us to a fully- inclusive culture, owned by us all.
So, a huge welcome to the start of our journey.
Jim Aleander, Principal
SLC Response to Meeting The Equality Duty (incorporating the Single Equality Scheme)
In Your Eyes
We are pleased to invite you to watch “In Your Eyes”
This is a film made by staff and learners at SLC; it delivers powerful messages about equality, diversity and inclusion and aims to help us all to improve our approach in celebrating differences and working with people. Learners and staff talk about the impact of feeling excluded at different times in their lives and give practical tips as to what helped or hindered them and how an inclusive service should be managed.
The equalities group aims to:
- Promote equality, diversity and inclusion at SLC
- Ensure we comply with all current legislation
- Share best practice
- Provide a sounding board for new ideas
- Provide support, advice and guidance to staff and learners
- To be consulted in decision making
- To be an arena for challenge and communication
- To be an arena for resources
- To influence the culture and ethos of the college