Equality & Diversity

The Partnership Trust is strongly committed to equality, inclusion and promoting and celebrating diversity in all aspects of our work.

We appreciate that everyone is different and truly value the different contributions and experiences of all who make up our Trust community. The Trust’s values of collaboration, equity and respect underpin everything we do.

Equalities legislation

As a public body The Partnership Trust complies fully with The Equality Act (2010) which protects individuals against direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the basis of nine protected characteristics. The nine protected characteristics are

The nine protected characteristics are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage/civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) places additional duties on public sector organisations such as multi-academy trusts, like us. The duties include working proactively to eliminate discrimination on the basis of the nine protected characteristics. The duties also requires us, as a public body, to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other prohibited conduct under the Equality Act (2010)
  • Actively advance equality of opportunity between people of different groups
  • Foster good relations between people from different groups.


What this means for the Trust

As a Trust, we have set Equality Objectives to support our compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty. These are set out within the Trust Equalities Policy.

Our Equality Objectives help focus attention on our priority equality issues in order to deliver improvements in the delivery of high quality education, policy making and employment.

The Trust’s policies are designed to promote and ensure equality for all pupils and staff, and are underpinned by our Equality Policy.

Staff benefits such as leave entitlements; support for parents and carers; career development opportunities and flexible working provisions are open to all staff irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, marriage/civil partnership status, race, religion/belief or sexual orientation.

Our schools are committed to supporting and promoting inclusion for pupils. A key aim of the Trust and each of its schools is to help all pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, to achieve their very best and become successful, well rounded individuals. Two of our schools are specialist provisions.