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Equality Diversity and Inclusion

The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011 came into force on September 10th 2011. Calderdale College must comply with the public sector Equality Duty requirements and sets out how it will do this through this document.


The College aims to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people of different groups
  • Foster good relations between people from different groups

The above aims are in accordance with those outlined in the general duty of the Act. 

Our College values are:

  • Integrity
    We speak and act truthfully, admit our mistakes & honour our commitment
  • Respect
    We value learners and colleagues as individuals, celebrating and accommodating both differences and similarities and encouraging diversity, originality and innovation
  • Fairness
    We treat students and colleagues fairly, provide opportunities for individual success, apply rules with equity and expect the same in return
  • Openness
    We share information, ideas and feelings; listen carefully, speak forthrightly, respect diverse views and participate productively in dialogue
  • Enjoyment
    We take our learning and work seriously and ourselves lightly
  • High Expectations
    We have high expectations of ourselves, our learners, our colleagues and our partners and support each other to meet them

Take a look at a film produced by our PGCE students and staff to celebrate equality and diversity:

Click on the link to see the Festival of Cultures film which was organised by our ESOL students...

Protected Characteristics

The Equality Duty covers the following protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race (including ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality)
  • Religion or belief (including lack of belief)
  • Gender
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership

In delivering the Equality Duty the College must determine what information it will publish to demonstrate that it is achieving its aims. From January 2012 the college has published information about learners and staff relating to:

  • Recruitment (numbers of learner enrolments, staff recruitment)
  • Learner outcomes ( learner success rates)
  • Learner satisfaction
  • Workforce data

Outcomes and progress against the aims


Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010.

The College has clear policy and codes of conduct for learners in relation to equality and diversity. Feedback from learners, including complaints, is analysed and reported.

Satisfaction of learners

Calderdale College surveys learners in the first term to assess their satisfaction with all College functions. This information is disaggregated according to protected characteristics. Key findings from Entry Survey 2015/16 indicate that:

  • 1030 learners completed the survey
  • Overall, 92.48% of learners are satisfied with their experience at Calderdale College
  • 94.43% of learners are satisfied with the Teaching, Learning and Assessment they have experienced, 89.3% are satisfied with the support they have received, and 95.02% are satisfied with Application and Enrolment
  • Satisfaction for 14-16 yr olds is 92.05%, 16-18 yr olds is 92.10%  and 19+ learners is 93.17%  
  • Female learners with a 93.32% satisfaction level are happier than males who have 91.87% satisfaction.
  • Learners with learning difficulties and disabilities have slightly higher satisfaction than those with none at 92.34%
  • Pakistani learners have slightly higher satisfaction levels at 92.90% than White British learners at 92.21%

Recruitment of learners in 2015/16

  • 61.59% of enrolments are 16-18 year olds with 38.41% Adults
  • 52.63% of learners are male with 47.37% female
  • 18% of learners have a declared disability or learning difficulty 
  • Of the main ethnic groups, 69.17% are White British, 12.77% are Pakistani and 5.48% are White Other

College Achievement rates in 2014/5 in comparison to National rates 

  • Age
  • 16-18, 82.1% are 2.3 percentage points above the National rate of 79.8%
  • 19+, 86.2% are 0.8 percentage points below the National rate of 87.0%
  • Gender
  • 16-18 Females 84.1% are 3.0 percentage points above the National rate of81.1%
  • 16-18 Males 80.6% are 2.1 percentage points above the National rate of78.5%
  • 19+ Females 84.9% are 1.8 percentage points below the National rate of86.7%
  • Males 87.5% are 0.1 percentage points above/on the National rate of87.4%
  • Learning Diffuclties and Disabilities
  • 16-18 Non-LLDD 83.8% are 3.5 percentage points above the National rateof 80.3%
  • LLDD 71.2% are 6.7 percentage points below the National rate of 77.9% 
  • 19+ Non-LLDD 86.9% are 0.5 percentage points below the National rate of87.4%
  • LLDD 81.6% are 4.2 percentage points below the National rate of 85.9% 
  • Ethnicity
  • 16-18 White 80.3% are 0.4 percentage points above the National rate of79.9%
  •  Asian 89.9% are 8.2 percentage points above the National rate of 81.7%
  • 19+ White 84.0% are 4.0 percentage points above the National rate of88.0% 
  • Asian 91.2% are 5.2 percentage points above the National rate of 81.7% 

Foster good relations between people from different groups

The promotion of EDI is through a programme of collaborative EDI activities delivered during the year including:

  • Student participation: An established connection with learners, supported by the Learner Involvement Team included a collaboration with the Performing Art Students who performed a play on the theme of LGBT; a display of costumes from different cultures by the Art Students; Festival of Cultures lead by ESOL students involving the community and local Primary schools  
  • Armistice Day: Displays: a timeline of a soldier in WW1; collage silhouette of soldiers going to war with handmade poppies made by learners from Skills for Life; creative writing; a letter home from soldiers to their family; film slide show and whole college silence
  • Holocaust Memorial Day - Metal sculpture created by Motivate learners depicting the gates of Auschwitz; film slide show of Holocaust and other atrocities 
  • One Festival: in conjunction with the launch of a national campaign promoting Positive Image head by local business woman Kate Hardcastle.  
  • Deaf Awareness: Signing workshops and awareness activities such as signing, lip-reading and ‘deaf experience’
  • International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia
  • Ramadan and EID al-Fitra: Displays, information and activities
  • Anti-Bullying Campaign: Learners from performing Arts performance; IT learners posters about Cyber-bullying; resources on Moodle
  • Annual Festival of Cultures: Activities, performances, art and craft work, displays, food; participation by college learners, members of the local community and local Primary Schools
  • Posters promoting positive image


The Human Resources Team monitors equality and diversity statistics and works with the Equality and Diversity Committee to ensure fair practice in all aspects of employment and will continue to look for methods to improve the diversity of the workforce and ensure that all policies are assessed for Indirect discrimination .

There is no prescribed data, the College has to consider how our activities as an employer affects current staff and applicants who share different protected characteristics and which data is most appropriate to fulfill this requirement and monitor actions and outcomes. 

To read our Single Equality Policy click here

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