Awards, policies and values

Equality and Diversity

Macclesfield College of Further and Higher Education is committed to actively promoting equality and diversity, tackling discrimination, harassment and victimisation and narrowing achievement gaps. The College works continually to meet its obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and equality and diversity is placed at the heart of College policies and procedures.

Our Values set out the common commitment by Governors, Staff and Students:

  • Striving to be the best
  • Equality of opportunity
  • Everybody has the right and responsibility to learn
  • Respect and tolerance
  • Learning without boundaries
  • Delivering value for money
  • Pride in our environment

The College actively seeks to advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between people who the Equality Act identifies as possessing ‘protected characteristics’ and people who do not share such characteristics. These are listed as: age*, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership**

Equality and diversity issues are considered as an integral part of managing and operating the College to ensure that the decisions taken, and the services provided act to further our Equality Objectives.

Through a successful partnership with local primary and secondary schools, Macclesfield College has developed a range of Equality & Diversity Policies. The Macclesfield College Equality and Diversity Committee further develops these policies and delivers a well-focused action plan setting out the annual priorities for actively promoting equality and diversity at Macclesfield College. For further information on the approach Macclesfield College takes towards equality and diversity please visit our Equality and Diversity Site below.

*As employers for Academies, Foundation and Voluntary Aided schools and for Macclesfield College as an employer and for its provision. Age is not a protected characteristic for provision in schools and academies. **As employers for Academies, Macclesfield College and Foundation and Voluntary Aided schools.

Equality Objectives

There are 3 year objectives which focus on the most important equality issues facing the College today, and those that will have the greatest impact on students, staff and external stakeholders.

  1. To support members of the College community to ensure they feel comfortable, particularly those learners with a disability and members of the LGBT community, by developing awareness and understanding of all community members.
  2. To develop and review new approaches to staff and student recruitment to ensure any barriers to individual progression are removed.
  3. To promote student and staff awareness of different cultures and international diversity.
  4. To ensure attainment gaps for all ‘protected groups’ are minimised.

These objectives are addressed through the annual action plan of the Macclesfield College Equality and Diversity Committee.

Equality and Diversity documents