Disability, Equality and Diversity Policy

Ashby Knight Tuition is committed to being inclusive as we see a diverse population of both students and staff as one of our greatest strengths. Our centre is designed to ensure ease of access for those with disabilities and we take our obligations to provide an inclusive environment very seriously.  In order to ensure everyone can thrive and meet their full potential, it is essential that inclusion and equality of opportunity be at the core of all Ashby Knight’s activities.  This policy applies equally to staff, pupils, parents and visitors to our centre.

Ashby Knight is committed to a zero tolerance policy in relation to discrimination on the basis of any protected characteristic (race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, marital status, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, pregnancy, maternity) or any other irrelevant factor. 

We are committed to promoting and developing inclusion & equality of opportunity in all its functions and will seek to do this by: 

  • communicating our commitment to equality and diversity to all members of our community
  • ensuring all staff and students are aware of their responsibilities towards supporting an equal and diverse community
  • providing appropriate educational equipment and physical aids to ensure that educational programmes are more accessible to students with mobility, sensory and other impairments
  • providing training for decision-makers, and briefings for staff and students
  • developing monitoring, evaluation and review mechanisms
  • taking action to redress where there is identified underrepresentation in the workforce
  • demonstrating our zero tolerance attitude towards discrimination by taking all allegations seriously

Responsibility

2.1 The Management Team have responsibility for ensuring that Ashby Knight operates within the legal framework for equality and for implementing the policy within our centre. However, each member of the Ashby Knight community is responsible for preventing discrimination, embracing diversity and upholding equality of opportunity. 

The Legal Framework

Discrimination can take the following forms:

  • Direct Discrimination – This occurs where a person is treated less favourably than others because of their (or a family members) actual or perceived protected characteristic.
  • Indirect Discrimination – This occurs by applying a provision, criterion or practice, which disadvantages people on the grounds of a protected characteristic and which cannot be justified as a proportionate or unpreventable way of achieving a legitimate aim.
  • Victimisation – This occurs where an individual has exercised their rights under equality legislation (or has indicated that they intend to do so) and is treated less favourably as a direct result. It applies equally to a person who is supporting (or indicates that they intend to support) another person who is exercising their rights under the legislation.
  • Harassment – This is defined as unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic which has the purpose OR effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating a hostile, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual.

The legal and local framework for this policy is: 

  • Equality Act 2010
  • Children Act 2004
  • Education and Inspections Act 2006
  • Duty to Promote Community Cohesion, Education and Inspections Act 2006

Equality and Diversity

Aims and Values 

Ashby Knight operates a welcoming tuition service where everyone is valued highly and where tolerance, honesty, co-operation and mutual respect for others are fostered. We are committed to the development of the whole person within a supportive, secure and creative environment. A broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum provides equal opportunity for all students, irrespective of difference, to maximise their potential and thrive. 

At Ashby Knight we aim to promote inclusion and tackle any form of discrimination and actively promote harmonious relations in all areas of our operations and with our key partners such as parents, schools and the wider community. We seek to remove any barriers to access, participation, progression, attainment and achievement. We take seriously our contribution towards community cohesion. 

We aim to:

  • provide a secure environment in which all our children can thrive and achieve all of the outcomes of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019.
  • provide a learning environment where all individuals see themselves reflected and feel a sense of belonging;
  • prepare pupils for life in a diverse and inclusive society in which everyone can take their place in the local, regional, national and international community;
  • include and value the contribution of all families to our understanding of equality and diversity;
  • provide and promote positive non-stereotyping information about the diversity of our society
  • actively challenge discrimination and disadvantage and ensure we learn from these experiences
  • embed inclusion through all our activities.

To achieve these aims we will: 

  • involve all members of the Ashby Knight community in the development, review, evaluation, and impact assessment of all relevant improvement plans, policies and procedures;
  • provide for students’ diverse needs and learning styles,
  • make explicit and implicit provision in our programmes to promote and celebrate diversity;
  • operate a clear zero tolerance policy towards abusive or discriminatory behaviour.
  • work in partnership with families and the wider community to establish, promote and disseminate inclusive practice and tackle discrimination.

Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of all staff to: 

  • positively role-model inclusive behaviour
  • actively challenge any forms of discrimination, victimization, harassment or bullying
  • promote an inclusive curriculum, identify and challenge bias and stereotyping within our programmes and in Ashby Knight’s culture

Breaches of the Policy 

6.1 All breaches of the policy will be rigorously followed up using the appropriate procedures and reported to the Management Team.

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