At New College Stamford, we are committed to equal opportunities in employment and learning regardless of a person’s gender, marital status, race or colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, HIV status, age, disability, sexual orientation, political or religious beliefs, and unrelated criminal convictions, or other specific factors which result in discrimination. We are also committed to promoting diversity.

We are committed to the ethos of a disability-friendly college. We will ensure that all reasonable adjustments are made to provide an assurance that disabled people are treated fairly.

Equality Objectives:

The College monitors data in respect of learners and staff on a regular basis and has these five key objectives for improvement over the next four years. Measures are linked to each of the key objectives.

  1. Advance the course take-up by under-represented genders in identified curriculum areas.
  2. Strive to eliminate any differential in students’ attainment according to race, gender or disability.
  3. Address the under-representation of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people in the staff and governing body to reflect the population we serve.
  4. Foster a culture of dignity and respect between different groups of people by raising awareness of diversity in Teaching, Learning and Assessment.
  5. Enhance the gathering of data on sexual orientation, transgender status, faith and belief (of staff and students) in order to ensure that we meet their needs in College.

For more information on these objectives and how they will be met, please click here.

Click here to view our Equality and Diversity Student Guide.

Click here to view our LGBT+ Policy October 2016.

Click here to view our Equality and Diversity Report for 2015/16 (Jan 2017).

Click here to view our Equality and Diversity Action Plan for 2015/16 (Jan 2017).

Single Equality Scheme

The College has a Single Equality Scheme which includes the annual monitoring statistics, details of the Equality Impact Assessment Process and the Current Equality Rolling Action Plan.

To view our single equality scheme please click here.

The PREVENT Duty

All schools, colleges and universities have a legal duty to educate students about extremist behaviour and to report any concerns about students who may be at risk of radicalisation.

This could (but is not limited to) include the following:

  • Engaging with fundamentalists or their ideals (ISIL, Al-Qaida, far right groups, etc)
  • Extreme political views (white supremacy, anti-Semitism, etc)
  • Visits to countries deemed high risk by the UK government
  • Accessing websites / social media linked to extremist organisations
  • Views or behaviour that are contrary to British Values

Recognising Signs of radicalisation:

The following could describe general teenage behaviour, however, together with other sign,s may mean a young person is being radicalised:

  • out of character changes in dress, behaviour and changes in their friendship group
  • losing interest in previous activities and friendships
  • secretive behaviour and switching screens when you come near

The following signs are more specific to radicalisation:

  • owning mobile phones or devices they cannot account for
  • showing sympathy for extremist causes
  • advocating extremist messages
  • glorifying violence
  • accessing extremist literature and imagery
  • showing a mistrust of mainstream media reports and belief in conspiracy theories
  • appearing angry about governmental policies, especially foreign policy

Members of staff have a legal duty to report any concerns, however minor, to the Safeguarding Team.

The Safeguarding Team are:

  • Rachel Nicholls – Vice Principal, Curriculum and Quality
  • Paula David – Director of Learning, Development and Welfare (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
  • Steph Hemens – Safeguarding and Welfare Officer (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)
  • Sam Howard – Safeguarding and Welfare Officer

Reports should be made by using the Safeguarding Referral form. The designated Safeguarding Team will then assess the risks to students and refer to CHANNEL (a multi-agency body linked to the police) who will respond if required.

Extremism and radicalisation are covered as part of the College’s tutorial programme, with the aim of educating young people to the risks, so they are aware of how to keep themselves safe.

Click here to see our Prevent Risk Assessment and Action Plan (Nov 2016).

British Values

At New College Stamford we promote values which ensure that our students develop a strong sense of social and moral responsibility.

We prepare students for life in modern Britain and aim to embed key values within the curriculum and ethos at New College Stamford. Values such as:

  • individual liberty
  • democracy
  • the law
  • mutual respect and tolerance

Our curriculum is broad and balanced, complies with legislation and provides a wide range of subjects which prepare students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in modern Britain.

It actively promotes fundamental British values and it extends beyond the classroom with a wide range of tutorials, visits, guest speakers and experiences. It promotes tolerance and respect for people of all faiths (or none), cultures and lifestyles through effective spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students, including engaging students in extracurricular activity, volunteering in the local community, fundraising, work experience and live project briefs.