Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

At Easton & Otley College we celebrate difference and regardless of gender, ethnicity, class, disability, age, sexual orientation or religion, our belief is that further or higher education should be available to each and every one of us. Because when all are welcome, we all benefit.

Definition of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

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Equality is the current term for ‘Equal Opportunities’ and is based on the legal obligation to comply with anti-discrimination legislation. Equality protects people from being discriminated against on the grounds of group membership i.e. sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief, or age.

Diversity implies a wide range of conditions and characteristics. In terms of a college,

diversity is about respecting and valuing all individuals, enabling them to fulfil their own potential, whatever their backgrounds. Diversity encompasses visible and non-visible individual differences. It can be seen in the makeup of groups of staff or students in terms of gender, ethnic minorities, disabled people and so on. It’s also about where those people are in terms of management positions and job opportunities, the terms and conditions of the workplace, and their rates of achievement.

Diversity is about respecting individual differences, and people's differences can be many and varied:

Embracing equality, diversity and inclusion brings a wide range of experience, ideas and creativity to the College, while giving the individual employee / student a feeling of being enabled to work / study to their full potential.

Putting equality, diversity and inclusion into practice inspires the College to comply with anti-discrimination legislation and promotes the positive benefits of diversity. Benefits such as the ability to draw on a wider pool of talent, motivate all employees / students and meet the needs of a wider customer base.

Our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Statement

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Easton & Otley College is committed to creating an environment where there is mutual respect and equality of opportunity for all staff and students.


Easton & Otley College Single Equality Scheme

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Easton & Otley College has researched, developed and implemented a Single Equality Scheme that demonstrates our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion for all individuals engaged in learning and working at the college.

Our Single Equality Scheme sets out the College’s approach to promoting equality across its full range of activities. The scheme covers staff, students and other stakeholders and aims to ensure that all individuals have equal opportunity to take part in every aspect of College life. The Scheme also outlines the consultation process that has taken place with staff, students and stakeholders for the successful development of this document.

The College will not tolerate any form of behaviour or activity that discriminates on the grounds of gender, marital status, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, colour, race, nationality, religious belief, ethnicity, disability, age and unrelated criminal convictions. The College will ensure that all members of the “College Community” are not unjustifiably disadvantaged with regard to College environmental / physical access, College publicity, marketing and admissions, student guidance, curriculum, assessment, discrimination and harassment.

One of the fundamental aims of equality legislation is to ensure that employees and job applicants do not suffer discrimination when seeking work or when in the workplace.


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The major legislation in the field of equality is:

  • Equal Pay Act (1970)
  • Sex Discrimination Act (1975)
  • Race Relations Act (1976) Race Relations (Amendment) Act (2000) and Amendment Regulations (2003)
  • Disability Discrimination Act (1995)
  • Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations (2003)
  • Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (2003)
  • The Equality Act (2010)


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Easton & Otley College has stringent measures in place to promote the equality of opportunity for all staff, students and visitors to our campuses. The data shown within the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Report 2013, analyses the staff and student profile for the previous academic year. This data has been charted against the most current data available for the Norfolk area as a whole, Norfolk Insight 2007, and the Further Education Staff Information Return data (SIR) compiled during for the academic year 2009-2010.

What this data tells us:
Gender balance is key. The staff of Easton & Otley College are evenly split between male and female employees and we’re proud to offer both the opportunity for training, promotion and continuity of employment. The evenness of the gender split is far greater than the information provided in the SIR data, and equivalent to the Norfolk and Suffolk statistics.

Student data has highlighted a greater number of male students for the current academic year. The College is keen to make every course accessible to both genders and to breakdown any stereotyping in the promotion and marketing of our courses.

Traditionally, certain courses have been predominantly focused upon a certain gender. At Easton & Otley College the Senior Leadership Team has prioritised the promotion of courses to both genders, to ensure, for example, that female students enjoy sport as much as male students enjoy animal care. The College will also ensure both male and female staff role models are available across the entire College, in every faculty. 

To achieve this aim, staff will undertake training in equality, diversity and inclusion; taster sessions will be available to students, and promotional literature will encourage all applicants to apply for the cross-sectional range of courses available.

The College will maintain membership of the Equality and Diversity network operated by the Association of Colleges in the Eastern Region.

Easton & Otley College Disability Commitment

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Easton & Otley College is proud to have been awarded the Disability Symbol for our commitment to employ, retain and develop the abilities of disabled staff.  

Easton & Otley College is committed to: 

  • interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their merits
  • discuss with disabled employees, at least once a year, what both parties can do to make sure disabled employees can develop and use their abilities
  • make every effort when employees become disabled to ensure they remain in employment
  • take action to ensure all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work
  • review these commitments each year and assess what has been achieved, plan ways to improve on them, and let employees and Jobcentre Plus know about progress and future plans

Easton & Otley College is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities, including those with learning difficulties, can access, participate and succeed in their learning and employment. We will make all reasonable adjustments to ensure that disabled people are not substantially disadvantaged.

We ask that all applicants for courses or employment, as well as visitors to the College, make sure that we know what we can do to make reasonable adjustments to help you succeed.

The College will monitor accessibility of facilities and resources on a regular basis. If any issues are identified, specific action plans will be created and appropriate action taken without undue delay.

The College provides additional learning support to students, ensuring every opportunity to fulfil one's potential is available. Great emphasis is placed upon the achievement of all students, with the College particularly proud of attainment levels of students with a disability.

The achievements of staff with disabilities is closely watched to ensure promotion and training opportunities are provided in accordance with the overall progression / training rates within the College. These statistics are reviewed on an annual basis by the Governing body.

When appropriate, all staff enjoy access to occupational health support. The College is proud to be a member of Mindful Employer, an organisation that supports employees with mental health issues.

If you wish to provide any feedback to the College about how they can improve their disability commitment, please click here

Valuing Ethnicity

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Easton & Otley College believe passionately in the value of a multi-cultural workforce and a key priority of the College is to ensure the student population is as diverse a community as possible.

When analysing the ethnicity data for staff and students, it’s clear the College has a higher proportion of White British employees / students than the National average. However, the College is confident the local community is accurately reflected within the College population and that all staff and students feel welcome, respected and valued.

We’ll continue to promote opportunities to work and study within the College to the widest possible audience, avoiding stereotypes in imagery and encouraging applicants from all ethnic backgrounds by ensuring advertising and marketing reaches every part of the community. Staff will be trained accordingly and the values of equality, diversity and inclusion will be promoted and practiced at every opportunity within the College.

To ensure a greater understanding of other cultures, celebrations of ethnicity will be a regular feature of the College calendar; this will include recognising festivals from around the world.

Future Actions

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The Equality Act 2010 has introduced nine protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Race
  • Religion or Belief
  • Sex
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Sexual orientation
  • Marriage & Civil partnership
  • Pregnancy & Maternity

To ensure the College meets the needs of all these groups, it is proposed that a process of extended information gathering is undertaken.  The purpose of which is to enable gaps to be identified and action plans created for the future.

There are a number of policies, statements and procedures available and further details can be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office on (01603) 731227.