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Adult and Community Learning
Delivered by Hampshire Futures

Equality and Diversity

Hampshire Learning 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 Acrobat Reader to view this PDF 293kb sets out our commitment to equality and social inclusion for adult and family learning in Hampshire.

The Disability Statement Download Acrobat Reader to view this PDF 108kb provides information on the support that is available for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

The Equality Act 2010 is the law which bans unfair treatment and helps achieve equal opportunities in the workplace and in wider society.  Information about the Act  is contained in Equality Act 2010: What do I need to know?:  a series of simple guides which set out clearly what the law means for business, the public sector, the voluntary sector and the public. They are designed to help people understand their new responsibilities and rights in the work place and when providing or accessing goods or services.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has produces 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.

Research into Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality in Adult Learning

The Skills Funding Agency published a report on 19 August 2011 detailing the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender learners in adult education. It shows that there is much to celebrate, with most reporting a positive experience.  However, issues still remain. In particular, nearly a third of transgender learners and just under one in six lesbian, gay and bisexual learners reported that they had experienced bullying or harassment in adult learning due to their gender identity or sexual orientation. The report includes recommendations to make the sector more welcoming and inclusive.


Equalities Support Resources

  • Ideas and resources to help tutors develop cultural diversity in the classroom."
  • 10 Top Tips have been produced  for use by our centres to ensure that materials in printed format are accessible to all.
  • An online toolkit has been launched by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) which provides practical guidelines for teachers and trainers to make learning materials more accessible.
  • Equality and Diversity Awareness
  • Equality Act 2010: What do I need to know? - Summary guides and "Quick Start" guides to key changes in the law.
  • Take Ten People - An integrated approach to employment, learning and skills for people who have experience of mental health difficulties.

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