Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

At Richard Taunton, we celebrate and welcome students and staff from all backgrounds and origins.

We are fully committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We believe that any modern organisation has to reflect all the communities and people it serves, in both service delivery and employment, and tackle all forms of discrimination. As a college, we strive to promote equality of opportunity and address the inequality, disadvantage and discrimination that people may face during their lives.

The college meets the legislative requirements of equality and diversity. We have a legal duty to ensure that, wherever possible, all people can use or receive our services to the same standards regardless of race, disability, gender, age, religion or belief, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity or sexual orientation. As an employer we have had a legal duty to ensure that all people have equality of opportunity to be considered for employment, training and promotion.

As a college we aim to:

  • Ensure that Richard Taunton Sixth Form College has a culture of fairness, equality, and respect for diversity that is evident to everyone.
  • Remove or minimise disadvantages suffered by people due to their protected characteristics
  • Take steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people
  • Encourage people from protected groups to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.

We will commit to:

  • Supporting and respecting everyone’s human rights as a fundamental basis for our work with people.
  • Treating all people with dignity and respect and to appreciate and celebrate the diversity of our students, staff and local communities.
  • Finding creative, sustainable ways of improving equality and increasing diversity.
  • Working with our students and staff towards achieving equality.
  • Learning from what we do – both from what we do well and from where we can improve.
  • Using everyday language in our work on equality and diversity.
  • Working together to challenge discrimination in all its forms and tackle barriers to equality against anyone working or studying at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College.
  • Making sure that equality issues are integral to the mainstream of all strategic and policy development and day-to-day practice.
  • Providing equal access to services by carrying out reviews where appropriate and equality impact assessments in order to deliver better, improved access and appropriate services for all our students, staff and other stakeholders, taking into account individual needs.
  • Seeking to reduce educational inequalities and improve educational outcomes for all students.
  • Improving staff and student awareness and understanding of these issues.