Equal opportunities

The ELA SCITT programme is committed to promoting diversity and practising equality of opportunity. One of our core values is the ‘promotion of equality, diversity, mutual respect and understanding.’ The ELA SCITT programme aims to create a culture and environment in which trainees and staff are treated equitably, regardless of race, ethnic origin, nationality, gender, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, political belief or social/economic group.

Within a spirit of respecting differences, we aim to provide a programme that is truly inclusive: that understands, appreciates and values the diversity of each individual and incorporates measures that make people feel valued and able to participate and achieve their full potential.

Diversity is one of our strengths. The area of East London provides a rich diverse community and is well placed to enrich staff and trainees with a wide range of cultures. The ELA SCITT programme is committed to addressing discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity, good race relations and providing an inclusive and accessible environment. This policy is relevant to everybody connected with the ELA SCITT programme.

Implementation

This policy covers all areas of staff and trainee life at the ELA SCITT programme.

It ensures that the provisions of all equalities legislation are met in full, in particular the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Amendment) Regulations 2003; Special Educational Needs and Disability Act October 2002, Employment Equality (Religion or Belief and Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 and Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (as amended, and the “Framework” Equal Treatment Directive and the Age legislation 2006.

The ELA SCITT programme will make efforts to ensure the appropriate confidentiality of procedures and information management systems to protect sensitive personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1988, but recognises that the discharge of its responsibilities in relation to health and safety regulations, safeguarding and child protection will require appropriate steps to inform responsible persons.

The following are more detailed statements relating to specific areas covered by the ELA SCITT programme’s Diversity and Equal Opportunities policy. Link to the policy (I have attached this)