Equality, diversity and inclusion
The University of Brighton Academies Trust is strongly committed to equality, inclusion, and promoting and celebrating diversity in all aspects of our work. We value the different contributions and experiences of all who make up our community. The Trust’s values of excellence, integrity and innovation underpin everything we do.
As a public body the University of Brighton Academies Trust complies with The Equality Act (2010), which protects individuals against direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the basis of nine protected characteristics.
The nine protected characteristics are:
- Age – not including under-18s
- Gender reassignment – including people who have proposed, started or completed a process to change their sex but who are not under medical supervision
- Marriage/civil partnership – not including those who are not married/in a civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity – defined as all stages of pregnancy and the 26 week period following the birth of a child
- Race - including caste, nationality, ethnicity, skin colour
- Religion or belief – including atheism or agnosticism
- Sex - a man or a woman
- Sexual orientation
The Equality Act (2010) consolidates and replaces all previous equalities legislation such as the Race Relations Act, Disability Discrimination Act and Sex Discrimination Act.
The Public Sector Equality Duty places additional duties on public sector organisations such as multi academy trusts. The duties include working proactively to eliminate discrimination on the basis of the nine protected characteristics. The duties also require public bodies to have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other prohibited conduct under the Equality Act (2010)
- Advance equality of opportunity between people of different groups
- Foster good relations between people from different groups.
The Trust has set Equality Objectives to support our compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty. Our Equality Objectives help focus attention on our priority equality issues in order to deliver improvements in the delivery of high quality education, policy making and employment.
The Trust’s policies are designed to promote and ensure equality for all pupils and staff, and are underpinned by our overarching Equality and Diversity Policy.
Staff benefits such as leave entitlements; support for parents and carers; career development opportunities and flexible working provisions are open to all staff irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, marriage/civil partnership status, race, religion/belief or sexual orientation.
The Trust has signed up to Disability Confident, a government scheme to support equality and diversity in our staff recruitment practices.
Disability Confident is a voluntary scheme, which has been developed in partnership with disabled people’s representatives. It supports employers to recruit and retain people with disabilities and health conditions as they progress in their careers. It seeks to challenge misconceptions towards disability and employment, while also increasing understanding and awareness of mental and physical disabilities.
Our academies are committed to supporting and promoting inclusion for pupils. A key aim of the Trust and each of its academies is to help all pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, to achieve their very best and become successful, well rounded individuals. Five of our academies host special educational needs facilities, which support pupils with Education Health and Care Plans to access a mainstream curriculum and learning activities with their peers.
In 2017, the government introduced new legislation that made it a statutory requirement for organisations with 250 or more employees to report annually on their gender pay gap.