Document History:
First Published 09/2016

Policy Review Date:
June 2017

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Equal Opportunities Policy
This document explains how equal opportunity is promoted and safeguarded. It applies to all staff and volunteers.

Any queries about this policy should be sent to the document editor identified in 1.1 via contactus@edlumino.org

This document should be interpreted in line with the standard policy context and definitions. The overseer of this document is the CEO. It comes into effect from the 1st June 2016.
2     General Statement


The organisation is committed to promoting equality of opportunity and to taking all reasonable steps to ensure that its systems, procedures, appointments and organisation reflect and represent genuine equality of opportunity to all.
3      General Principles

The recruitment and treatment of students and staff will be based upon objective and fair policies and procedures which avoid any discrimination on grounds prohibited by legislation.

In drawing up policies and procedures, impact assessments will be carried out to ensure that the needs of individuals with protected characteristics are given due regard.

Posts and opportunities should normally always be advertised, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

When analysing performance or outcome data, the statistics relating to those with protected characteristics will be reviewed, so that the review of equal opportunities is central to all reviewing and action planning processes.
4    Equality Duties

The general equality duty relates to three matters which the organisation addresses in the following kinds of ways:
  • Eliminating discriminationBy monitoring systems and procedures to identify potential discrimination, and then setting targets or taking other actions to eradicate the discrimination.
  • Advance equality of opportunityBy monitoring applications for posts. Where disproportionate outcomes are identified, due consideration will be given to lawful ways to encourage and support relevant groups in applications. However, all appointments will be made upon merit.
  • Foster good relationsBy publishing policies, procedures and values which ensure fairness in the way that staff and students treat each other.
The specific equality duty chosen by the organisation is: closing the gap between the performance of boys and girls.
5       Conclusion

This Policy has been Environment Impact Assessed and Equality Impact Assessed. Policy review follows the Review cycle.

Impact Assessment  : Edlumino Equal opportunities Policy
Equality Impact Assessment : Race & Ethnicity, Gender, Age, Religion, Disability, Sexuality, Maternity, Gender Reassignment, Marriage & Civil Partnership, Deprivation

Concerns arising after control measures added : NONE

Further Action : NONE
Environmental Impact Assessment : Waste & Recycling, Pollution of water, land, air, noise, light or odour. Flooding, Energy or materials use.

Concerns arising after control measures added : NONE

Further Action : NONE

See Also :  General assessments and general control measures within the Meta Policy

Assessment carried out by : RF March 2016

Appendix  : Definitions of words used in Policies and Procedures
In general, English words are assumed to have the meaning and reference contained within the Oxford English Dictionary. Specialist terminology relating to Education is taken as having the meaning given to it in the appropriate English parliamentary legislation or English Government documents (especially those from the Department for Education).

Within the organisation we give our own additional definitions as follows:

‘associate volunteers’: are individuals who volunteer and work alongside organisational staff, but are not formally enrolled within the organisation. These individuals may belong to other charities (such as Save the Children, etc), in which case they are ‘corporate associate volunteers,’ or they may be self sponsoring and working on their own behalf, in which case they are ‘sole associate volunteers.”’
‘directors’: are the trustees.

‘Editor’: the member of staff who is deemed to ‘own’ a document and is responsible for ensuring that it is published, reviewed, amended and kept accurate and up to date

‘member’:  the individuals in charity law responsible for appointing the trustees. In Edlumino Education Aid the trustees are the members, and they are a self-regulating body.

‘Organisation’:    The organisation is Edlumino Educational Aid

‘school’: refers to any place where learning is delivered by a member of staff to pupils, as a corporate act of the organisation. This could be a school, an academy or some other formal or informal setting.

‘staff’:  refers principally to employed members of the organisation. However the word ‘staff’ is used in organisational documents as a simple way of referring to all who work on behalf of the organisation, so it includes ‘trustees’, ‘members’, ‘volunteers,’ ‘visitors,’ etc.

‘student’: there is a customary distinction between ‘pupils’ who are learners up to the age of 16 and ‘students’ who are post 16 learners. We use the word ‘student’ to refer to all learners, regardless of age.

‘Studium’: is an Edlumino centre where education, or emergency education is provided. This term is used for centres where words such as ‘school’ or
‘education’ could be misconstrued or mistakenly viewed as having political connotations.

‘Supporter’: this is a person who undertakes to fund raise or carry out other activities which support the organisation. Supporters are not formally part of the organisation and have no formal rights or responsibilities within the organisation.

‘teacher’: a member of staff responsible for ensuring that students learn. This could include those who are formally qualified as teachers, those who are experienced as teachers, or it could include individuals who are delivering aspects of a role which could otherwise be done by teachers.

‘trustees’: those appointed by trustee vote to the body of trustees responsible for the organisation

‘volunteer’:  an individual who donates time to work for the organisation. Individuals only become ‘volunteers’ from the point that they complete their induction and are enrolled as a volunteer. Volunteers have no contractual rights as there is no contract between the organisation and a volunteer.

‘visitor’: an individual who is visiting an organisational site or activity, potentially doing so in order to make a decision about whether to ask to become a volunteer.