Equality, Diversity ad Inclusion
LSDN firmly believes in Equality of Opportunity and proactively seeks to demonstrate and implement this at every opportunity; from enrollment to achievement and progression; there is a strong focus within LSDN to make sure all groups are able to progress and achieve regardless of background,economic status, ability, ethnicity, gender or other attribute. Diversity is celebrated and LSDN is proud of the diversity it demonstrates in its client base, partnerships, supply chain, and indeed LSDN staffing and leadership.
LSDN members share a common belief in the transformative power of education, skills and training, this is the key driver and focus of all that we do and binds us together as a partnership; we work in partnership with other community organisations, employers, Local Authorities, Government agencies, schools and other stakeholders in order to ensure the best outcomes and experience for our learners.
We are committed to providing you with a learning environment that is free from discrimination and promotes equal opportunity and equal access regardless of any personal characteristics. We will adopt a system of continuous development to promote aspects of equality and diversity regularly with you. There will be some equality & diversity input at your induction and further promotion and checking of your knowledge and understanding and experience at progress reviews.
- If you have any concerns regarding equality and diversity
- If you feel unsupported in learning or in the workplace
- If you have or are experience any discrimination, bullying, abusive behavior or harassment
Please tell us, ask to speak to your tutor privately or the Learning Manager. All discussions will be treated in the highest confidence and you will be consulted about any appropriate actions to address the concerns you have raised with us.
About Equality and Diversity
Our society is becoming more complex and diverse. Overall population is growing, we are more ethnically diverse, and we are getting older. New patterns of migration have affected previously homogenous communities. Equality legislation has helped challenge much discrimination and prejudice, but there are still big equality gaps.
What is equality?
Equality is ensuring individuals or groups of individuals are treated fairly and equally and no less favorably, specific to their needs, including areas of age, religion/belief, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy & maternity, gender reassignment, marriage & civil partnership, ethnicity and disability. Promoting equality should remove discrimination in all of the previously mentioned areas. Bullying, harassment or victimization may also be considered as equality and diversity issues.
What is diversity?
Diversity aims to recognise, respect and value peoples differences by promoting an inclusive culture for all staff and learners.
Here is a range of free resources and information about equality and diversity.
- Bullying and harassment at work
Some partners of LSDN offer FREE Equality and Diversity training. Speak to your tutor or Learning Office to find out more.
Equal Opportunities Policy
You can get a copy of our full Equal Opportunities policy from the reception or the Student Office.