Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

What is Equality & Diversity?

During your course with Aspire, your tutor will include topics relating to Equality and Diversity, here is a list of terms that you will come across throughout your meetings with your tutor.

If you have any concerns regarding Equality & Diversity please contact your tutor or/and our safeguarding team safeguarding@aspireeducationacademy.co.uk

Equality: Equality involves creating an environment where everybody is treated equally regardless of there background. This includes recognising that discrimination is unacceptable, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, ethnic, or national origin, marital status, age, colour, disability, career status or social background.

Equal Opportunities: Equal Opportunities is about giving people the right to be treated fairly in employment, education, and services and not be discriminated against.

Diversity: Ensures that individual's differences are treated with an equal level of respect and have equal access to services and training.

Stereotypes: Stereotypes are assumptions made about a group of people and are applied to individuals irrespective of their personal characteristics, because of their affiliation with a certain group.

Direct Discrimination: Direct discrimination is where a person is treated less favourably than another because of a protected characteristic, or how someone appears, or who they associate with.

Indirect Discrimination: Indirect discrimination occurs when a set of rules or practices are applied that effectively disadvantage those with a protected characteristic. 

Positive Action: Positive Action is where an employer's actions benefit a person or group of people who due to a protected characteristic may be disadvantaged during the workplace recruitment. This could include extra training or support not available to other applicants.

Discrimination Arising From Disability: Discrimination arising from disability is where the disabled person has been treated unfavorably because of something connected with their disability. 

Positive Discrimination: Positive discrimination is where a person is given preferential treatment to minority groups of society that have been prejudiced against in the past. 

Protected Characteristics:

The Equality Act 2010 states the 9 protected characteristics as:

  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Gender
  • Religion or Belief
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership

Aspire Education is committed to treating everyone fairly, we respect and value the diversity of our learners, clients, employees, suppliers, partners, employers and all other people we work with. We strive to create a positive working environment to support learning and improve employment opportunities where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. We will challenge any instance of inequality and will anticipate and respond positively to different needs and circumstances so that everyone can achieve their full potential

If you have any queries or concerns relating to Equality and Diversity within your workplace, discuss these with your Tutor or our safeguarding team safeguarding@aspireeducationacademy.co.uk

Aspire Education strives to ensure all individuals have equal opportunity to access learning and work and to realise their potential. We will not tolerate any inequality or any other actions that may limit the ability to participate and succeed. 
 
We recognise and celebrate the diversity of our learners, employees, and employers. We are committed to ensuring all individuals feel safe, respected and listened to regardless of their backgrounds or personal attributes. We will recognise and value individual differences and remove barriers that put people at a disadvantage.
 
We wholly support the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and related duties which are consistent with our Vision and principles. We will oppose and always challenge any direct or indirect discrimination, harassment or victimisation on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, childbearing or caring status, sexual orientation or marital or civil partnership status