At Stamford College, 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.
Stamford College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Our child protection policy and procedures are rigid and thorough and are in keeping with locally agreed inter-agency procedures. All students receive information, advice and guidance throughout their time with us to ensure that a safe and suitable learning environment is maintained.
The College has also recently introduced on-site security procedures and all students, staff and visitors must wear formal ID badges whilst on all College premises to ensure that we effectively monitor and recognise everyone who is at the College.
The Safeguarding Team are:
- Sarah Young — (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
- Lauren Barker – Safeguarding and Welfare Officer (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)
- Bev Peasgood – SFWL Curriculum Lead and DSO
- Phil Smith – Student Services Manager
Contact the Safeguarding Team: 07810 161010
Reports should be made by using the Safeguarding Referral form. The designated Safeguarding Team will then assess the risks to students and refer to the Multi Agency Support Hub (MASH) or CHANNEL (a multi-agency body linked to the police) who will respond where required.
Extremism and radicalisation and safeguarding 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.
At Stamford College 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 Stamford College. Values such as:
- individual liberty
- 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.
Equality and Diversity
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.
- Advance the course take-up by under-represented genders in identified curriculum areas.
- Strive to eliminate any differential in students’ attainment according to race, gender or disability.
- Address the under-representation of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people in the staff and governing body to reflect the population we serve.
- Foster a culture of dignity and respect between different groups of people by raising awareness of diversity in Teaching, Learning and Assessment.
- 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.
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.
Equality and Diversity Workforce Profile
We not only recognise the importance of, but immensely value the benefits of a diverse workforce and understand that an inclusive culture means we can offer a wide range of ideas, energies, skills, experience and resources to improve teaching and learning for our community and beyond.
The Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty requires all public authorities to publish equality information on their workforce to demonstrate that they are compliant and transparent in their practices.
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 signs 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.