Students outsideWe are proud of the social and cultural diversity of our community at . It is a strength that inspires innovation, creativity, and compassion. 

Our college is a place of learning and working, for everyone. A place that advances equality of opportunity, celebrates diversity, and empowers everyone to achieve their fullest potential.

We promise to:

  • embed equality and diversity into all our practices.
  • advance equality and diversity.
  • celebrate diversity and difference.
  • tackle all forms of discrimination.
  • educate staff, students, and our community, actively and consistently working to build and maintain an environment that is safe, empowering, compassionate, and fair.

What does equality, diversity and inclusion mean to our staff and students?

We are all humans but we are not the same.

Every individual should have an equal chance to make the most of their talents, capabilities and endeavour; and no one should have poorer life chances because of where, what or to whom they were born.

We should all be treated with equal respect and have equal access to services, including education.

Equality is not about forcing equality upon people but giving people the chance to be equal and in some cases this means treating them differently.

What have we been doing in College?

  • Equality and Diversity is central to what we do and not an ‘add-on’;
  • It is more than words it is actions!
  • Our practices and services are legal, accessible and fair to all learners, service users and employees;
  • We are a Disability Confident Leader.
  • Have achieved Better Health at Work Award (bronze) now working towards silver.
  • We have signed up to the County Durham Pledge of being committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of our students and staff.

Single Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Scheme

We will meet our legal duties under the Equality Act 2010 to promote equality by;

  • driving the agenda at the highest level.
  • developing and raising awareness across the organisation.
  • sharing good practice.
  • working with learners, staff, and external partners to address any barriers to full participation.
  • monitoring, measuring, and evaluating the impact of Equality and Diversity policies, and practice.

pdf Equality Diversity and Inclusion Policy (207 KB)
pdf Single Equality Scheme 2022/23 including objectives for 2023/24 (1.75 MB)  
pdf Equal Pay Audit (245 KB)
pdf Gender Pay Report (172 KB)
pdf Pledge to the Armed Forces Covenant (236 KB)  
pdf Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2021/22 (181 KB)  
pdf Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement (315 KB)