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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The principles of equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of school life, and Epworth Education Trust expects all employees, pupils, parents/carers and members of the wider school community to be treated equitably and with respect.

Having equal opportunity means we get invited to the party. When we attend, we add more diversity to the party. Inclusion is feeling free and comfortable to dance at the party, to invite someone else to dance, or indeed, not to dance at all: that is inclusion.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are not one singular concept; they are three different concepts. Equality is about providing equal access and protecting against discrimination; it is underpinned by legislation. Diversity is simply difference, and we are all different from each other. Inclusion is a feeling, an emotion; it is affected when people feel safe, trusted, valued, respected, and have a sense of belonging. We will only be able to reap positive benefits from greater diversity if we build inclusive cultures first.

  1. We aim:
  • to promote equal treatment within the Trust for all members of the Trust community;
  • to communicate the commitment of the Trust to the promotion of equal opportunities;
  • to create and maintain an open and supportive environment which is free from discrimination;
  • to foster mutual tolerance and positive attitudes so that everyone can feel valued within the Trust; and
  • to actively promote and safeguard the welfare of children, staff and others who come into contact with the Trust.

As part of the Trust and its schools’ obligations under the Equality Act 2010, the Trust and its schools will publish information to demonstrate its compliance with the general equality duty. This information will include, in particular, information relating to people who share a protected characteristic who are:

  • Its employees, and
  • People affected by its policies and practices.

In addition, the Trust and each of its school will publish their equality objectives that are reviewed at least every 4 years.

For further information see the Trust PSED Statement.