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 appreciate that everyone is different and truly value the different contributions and experiences of all who make up our community. The Trust’s values of working together, nurturing potential, delivering excellence and achieving ambitions underpin everything we do.
As a public body the University of Brighton Academies Trust complies fully 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, like us. The duties include working proactively to eliminate discrimination on the basis of the nine protected characteristics. The duties also requires us, as a public body, to have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other prohibited conduct under the Equality Act (2010)
- Actively advance equality of opportunity between people of different groups
- Foster good relations between people from different groups.
What this means for the Trust
As a Trust, we have 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.
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.
Gender pay gap reporting
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.