The Equality Act 2010 contains specific requirements that apply to any organisation that carries out a public function, such as Myerscough College. Private organisations, such as many of the employers we work with, may also be subject to these requirements for some areas of their work e.g. providing apprenticeships.
These requirements state that employers must work to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- Advance equality of opportunity between different groups
- Foster good relations between different groups
This Act covers the following characteristics, which are protected:
- Gender reassignment
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- marriage and civil partnerships
Everyone has one or more of these characteristics.
Discrimination, harassment and victimisation may include:
- Name calling
- Verbal threats and abuse
- Unwelcome physical contact
- Being deliberately excluded or left out
- Abuse via texts, emails or social media
- Non-verbal abuse including wolf whistling, signs and gestures
- Homophobic bullying or harassment
It is important to remember that you do not have to be the recipient of such discrimination or harassment to complain about it.
We actively ensure all our policies, procedures and practices including recruitment, teaching, and assessment are fair and give all students equal chances to succeed. Myerscough College has a legal responsibility to take appropriate action against any member of staff or student behaving in a discriminatory or bullying manner.
An Equality Analysis a way to look at whether your service has any impact on any of the protected characteristics within the Equality Act 2010. These are: age, gender reassignment, sex, disability, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sexual orientation.
It is also an opportunity to check whether you can do something different to improve your service to better meet the needs of the people you provide a service to.
Equality Analysis can be used to identify and address the potential or actual impact or inequalities of everything you do, whether it is formally written down in a policy or procedure or whether it is informal custom and practice, or a decision you make. They are a way to ensure full compliance with legislation and promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion in all that we do.
Myerscough College is committed to carrying out Equality Analyses, which help the College to achieve it’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Objectives.