The Marches Academy Trust are intent on moving beyond just compliance with the Equality Act, the public sector Equality Duty and the Specific Duties. We have begun a robust programme to embed a culture of Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB). Our schools are reviewing practice in a consultative-led assessment which will result in a 3-to-4-year strategic plan.
Our EDIB agenda will be supported by a comprehensive governance process which will incorporate wide stakeholder engagement.
Embedding an Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Framework 2021 – 2023
Fully utilising the advantages of all aspects of EDIB means a major shift in just about any organisational culture. This is a long-term commitment to change. Organisational culture change takes years, not days.
Cultural Competency Framework Assessment (CCFA) Nov 2021 – July 2022
The assessment will:
This assessment is based on 7 themes linked directly to EDIB:
Using the ‘Cultural Competency Assessment’ Framework we will:
The Marches Academy Trust EDIB Strategic Plan will be ready for consultation September 2022.
Our interim Equality Duty Statement 2021 – 2022
This statement describes how, ahead of the full EDIB review, the Marches Academy Trust intends to fulfil its responsibilities under the Public Sector Equality Duty with regard to its pupils and its workforce.
The Public Sector Equality Duty requires our Trust to publish information about qualities, specifically taking the following protected characteristics into account.
Protected Characteristics in relation to the workforce includes all 9 protected characteristics:
Protected Characteristics in relation to children and young people in a school setting excludes:
At Risk Groups/Under Served Groups could include Carers, Asylum Seekers or Gypsy / Travellers
The information we publish and analyse must be clearly linked to the three aims (General Duties) of the Public Sector Equality Duty. General Duties are the things that schools aim to achieve.
The three aims of the Public Sector Equality Duty are to:
The two specific duties of the Public Sector Equality Duty are intended to help schools meet the general duty. They are to:
Underpinning our equality objectives are our Marches Academy Trust’s objectives for the People First agenda and Quality First Teaching which are to: