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Equality and Diversity

Hampshire Futures welcomes all learners regardless of individual differences and aims to make learning more inclusive, widen participation, eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity.

Our Equality and Diversity Framework  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 400kB sets out our commitment to equality and social inclusion for young people, adult and family learning in Hampshire.

The Disability Statement  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 313kB provides information on the support that is available for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

The Single Equality Act

The Equality Act was published in 2010 and sets out laws which aim to help narrow the gap between rich and poor and create a more equal society in this country. It simplified the law which, over the last four decades, had become complex and difficult to navigate. Nine major pieces of legislation and around 100 other measures were replaced being rewritten in plain English to make it easier for individuals and employers to understand their legal rights and obligations.

For more information on the Equality Act see the Government Equality Officer website.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has produced a series of guides to explaining how to meet the requirements of equality law. What equality law means for you Microsoft Word 366kb describes your responsibilities as an education provider in further and higher education.

Other equality legislation

Equality and diversity means more than the promotion of race, disability and gender equality, and there are articles of legislation which are also relevant to the implementation of Hampshire County Council equality frameworks. These laws do not have positive duties to promote equality associated with them, but we must ensure that through our policies and practices, that we are not discriminating on any of these grounds. We also recognise that people may experience different forms of, and sometimes multiple, disadvantage depending on their gender, age, race, disability, nationality, religion or belief, sexual orientation or marital or civil partnership status.

Further information on the requirements of equality legislation can be found on the Equality and Human Rights Commission website.