Public Sector Equality Duty

Equality Duty

We recognise that the public sector equality duty has three aims and they are to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct under the Act
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • Foster good relations between people who have a shared characteristic and those who do not

Academy Background

New College Durham Academies Trust employs circa 240 people has in excess of 2300 students across the age range 11-18, providing a broad and balanced curriculum. The two Academies that form the Trust (Consett & North Durham) are based within two developing towns and serve a wide and diverse range of communities ranging from areas with significant social deprivation issues to those with high levels of disposable income.

The Academies Trust itself came into being in September 2011, bringing together two former Local Authority Secondary Schools in North West Durham, the second Academy was formed in January 2012 again bringing together two former Local Authority Secondary Schools in North West Durham and the focus of the Trust in relation to the PSED was shaped by the bringing together of the students and staff groups who had previously operated independently.

The areas within which the Academies are based is also a factor, previously dominated by heavy industry surrounded by rural countryside and significantly underrepresented in terms of any real diversity in population  provided a need to, in some cases, challenge social stereotypes and also look to widen the knowledge, experience and understanding of other cultures and beliefs.

Equality Objectives

New College Durham Academies Trust will annually review how well we achieve these aims with regard to the protected groups under the Equality Act (race, disability, gender, gender re-assignment, age, pregnancy and maternity, marital status, religion and belief and sexual orientation.)

We aim to provide the highest possible education for all of our students. The ethos of our academies clearly reflects our commitment to fully including and respecting all members of our academy communities.

We have set ourselves the following objectives for 2017/18:

  • To develop our students understanding of, and empathy with cultures and beliefs that are different from their own.
  • To ensure appropriate support is put into place across the Academy for all vulnerable students, regardless of protected characteristics.
  • To continue to raise awareness and promote equality and respect for all faiths, beliefs, cultures, sexual orientation and any other protected characteristics.