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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Here at Inspire Education Group (IEG), Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) is of utmost importance to us. We want everyone to feel welcome, included, valued and accepted within our College communities, striving continuously towards this in various ways.

IEG is committed to ensuring the promotion of equality of opportunity. Our commitment is to go beyond legislation and to be recognised as a leader of equality, diversity and inclusion. In doing so recognising the contributions of all and celebrating difference, to improve the lives of those in the IEG community.

We do not tolerate any forms of harassment including sexual harassment and violence, discrimination, prejudice or bullying of any kind.

Our Pledge

  • To create a positive and inclusive environment for all staff and students where everyone feels valued and respected
  • To create a climate where all forms of discriminatory and bullying behaviour is effectively challenged
  • To focus on positive LGBTQ+ inclusion and visibility
  • To go above and beyond to support refugees and those seeking asylum
  • To recognise people’s differences and celebrate diversity
  • To foster positive community relationships
  • To showcase excellence and celebrate a diverse and inclusive workforce

How we will achieve this

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Group has been set up to provide a structured strategic and operational forum to advance EDI across IEG. We have 5 special interest workings groups (SIGs) who will report into the EDI Group and have an action plan to raise awareness:

  • LGBTQ+
  • Asylum Seekers and Refugees
  • Anti-Racism
  • Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence
  • Disability

IEG will also raise awareness using a range of activities and communications:

  • Refresh our Strategic Plan
  • Induction programmes for new staff
  • Staff meetings
  • Staff development//training sessions
  • Student tutorial programme
  • College website and Intranet
  • Schemes of Learning and teaching resources
  • Meetings and minutes with Student Council, Governors
  • Job advertisements and recruitment documentation

We are working towards the Rainbow Flag Award delivered by carefully selected LGBTQ+ youth organisations, in collaboration with The Kite Trust.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Core Group

The purpose of the EDI Core Group is to provide a structured strategic and operational forum to advance EDI across the Inspire Education Group.

Special Interest Working Groups will report into the EDI Group.  These include:

  1. LGBTQ+
  2. Asylum Seekers and Refugees
  3. Anti-Racism
  4. Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence
  5. Disability

College of Sanctuary

Peterborough College are committed to being a safe and welcoming place for people whose lives were in danger in their own country. We are a college that helps its students, staff and wider community to understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary, and to extend a welcome to everyone as equal, valued members of our college community.

We pledge our commitment to the City of Sanctuary vision of welcome, including the endorsement of the City of Sanctuary charter and signing up to organisational pledge of support.

What is City of Sanctuary UK?

City of Sanctuary started with the vision that the UK should be a welcoming place of safety for all and proud to offer sanctuary to people fleeing violence and persecution. From this start in a single location, the idea has spread into a grassroots network of more than 120 local groups in the UK.

Schools & Colleges of Sanctuary is an initiative which aims to:

• Foster positive attitudes within schools, colleges and their communities around people seeking sanctuary
• Support schools and colleges to take positive steps towards being places of safety and inclusion for all
• Recognise and celebrate schools and colleges that are committed to welcoming and supporting people seeking sanctuary

Disability Confident Employer Scheme

As an employer, we are also proud to have gained Disability Confident Employer Scheme status


Gender Pay Gap Report

The College has produced its Gender Pay Gap Report – which is required under the Equality Act 2010 ( Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017. View the report here: Gender Pay Gap Report

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