King Edward VI College is committed to creating and promoting an inclusive learning community in which diversity is celebrated, where inequality and stereotypes are challenged and where all people are treated with dignity and respect. This involves the conscious efforts of all members of the college community: staff, students, and governors. Advancing equality of opportunity is at the core of the college mission statement and its ethos permeates the college values. We are committed to providing equality of opportunity so that everyone can achieve their full potential. Compliance with the Equality Act 2010 is an integral part of this approach.
In April 2011 a new public sector equality duty, known as the general duty, came into force. This replaced the previous separate duties to promote race, disability and gender equality. This duty requires the college, in the exercise of its functions, to have due regard of the need to fulfil the three aims of the duty:
The general duty is underpinned by two specific duties: (1) to publish equality information annually and (2) to publish equality objectives initially by 6th April 2012 and then every four years.
Our equality objectives have been developed with the intention of ensuring that we proactively further the three aims of the Equality Act and that we continue to develop and promote the college values described in our position statement. These objectives are monitored regularly by the senior leadership team and updated accordingly. Progress towards achieving the objectives is reported to governors.