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Equality Information

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. 

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


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 will publish 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 term to assess their satisfaction with all College functions. This information is disaggregated according to protected characteristics. Key findings from Entry Survey 2013/14 indicate that:

  • 1091 learners completed the survey, which is proportionate to the number of enrolments.
  • Overall, 93% of learners are satisfied with their teaching and learning experience and the support they have received. In comparison to the Entry Survey 2012, satisfaction levels are slightly up by 0.5%.
  • 94% of learners are satisfied with the Teaching & Learning they have experienced, 89% are satisfied with the support they have received, and 96% are satisfied with their first impressions.
  • 14-16 and 19+ learners at 92% show slightly lower levels of satisfaction than 16-18 learners at 93%.
  • Female learners with a 94% satisfaction level are 2% happier than males who have 92% satisfaction.
  • Both learners with disabilities and those with no disabilities have a 93% satisfaction level

Recruitment of learners in 2013/14

  • 51% of learners are male of which 51% are within the 16-18 cohort.
  • 25% of college learners are from ethnic minorities. This is above the Calderdale population.
  • 21% of 16-18 and 29% of 19+ learners are from ethnic minorities with most significant cohort being Pakistani heritage learners at 11%.
  • 23% of learners have a declared disability with 24% of 16-18 and 22% of 19+ making a declaration.27% of Higher Education (HE) learners are from an ethnic minority background.
  • 12% of learners on HE provision have a declared disability.
  • Male learners account for 38% of HE students.

Success rates in 2012/13 identified the following key outcomes.

  • Success rates of Pakistani heritage learners exceeds that of White British by 5% at 93% 
  • Success for learners with a disability is 3% higher, at 92%, than non-disabled
  • Success rates for both age groups is near parity with 16-18 at 89% and 19+ at 90%.
  • Female learner success is at 91%, 2% higher than male learners.

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 Union E&D Forum – An established EDI Forum led by learners and 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.
  • One Festival – in conjunction with the launch of a national campaign promoting Positive Image head by local business women Kate Hardcastle.  
  • International Women’s Day – an awareness event in partnership with the White Ribbon Project and Halifax Women’s Centre
  • Deaf Awareness – signing workshops and awareness activities such as signing, lop-reading and ‘deaf experience’
  • International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia
  • Ramadan and EID al-Fitra – displays, information and activities
  • Anti-Bullying Campaign
  • 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.

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 fulfil this requirement and monitor actions and outcomes. 











































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