Equality & Diversity
‘Equality’ means treating all groups of people fairly, providing equality of opportunity and removing barriers to success. It is not about treating everybody the same because different people have different needs.
For example, making reasonable adjustments for people with a disability (like providing additional time in exams for students with Dyslexia) removes barriers to equality of opportunity and helps prevent discrimination. Increasing our understanding of the needs of different groups of people promotes good relations between people.
Equality - Protected Characteristics
Equality laws exist to protect the groups of people who have traditionally faced discrimination.
These groups of people share 'equality protected characteristics' such as:
- Disability (including physical, mental and learning impairments)
- Pregnancy, maternity and breastfeeding
- Gender identity
- Marriage or civil partnership status
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
Everyone has several of these protected characteristics; therefore everyone is protected by equality legislation from discrimination in education, at work and in other situations.
What is Diversity?
‘Diversity’ refers to individual difference. People are unique and differ from one another in a range of ways. Differences may or may not be visible and may include personal characteristics such as background, culture and personality. We value diversity, which means that we aim to realise the potential of every individual student and staff member.
Support available at Ludlow College
The College is committed to ensuring that students, staff and visitors are not subject to harassment or discrimination. The College is also able to provide help and support to individual students or groups on all of the nine protected characteristics. If you wish to talk or need help and support, please contact one of the following:
- Your Tutor
- Programme Area Manager
- Assistant Principal