Over the past few years we have been working towards an improved understanding of the diverse nature of our community. Much of this work is in response to new legislation that places an increased duty on both schools and other settings. Legislation requires schools both to eliminate direct and indirect discrimination, victimisation or harassment and to promote equalities for students, staff and others using school facilities. These developments reflect the growing awareness of the need to view different equalities strands beneath one umbrella, rather than seeing them as separate factions competing with each other for time and resources.
In our school we work to ensure that there is equality of opportunity for all members of our community across a range of strands, which include: Race/Ethnicity, Gender, Disability, Sexual Orientation, Religion and Age as well as any other factors which have the potential to cause discrimination, e.g. socio-economic factors.
Ringmer Community College's Equalities Group is made up of representatives from a wide cross section of stakeholders both from the College and our wider community. The group is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the equality of opportunity for all stakeholders. It actively seeks to promote equality of opportunity and welcomes feedback and ideas concerning any of the areas outlined above.
Every policy will be assessed for its impact on all people in our community using the ESCC Equalities Impact Assessment procedure.