Equality and Diversity Policy Statement
We believe that our success depends on getting the best from everyone who works in our organisation and everyone we work with. We aim to create an environment that welcomes diversity and values that build on the differences individuals bring. And, in turn, effectively managing diversity provides the environment essential for creative thought and learning.
Treating people fairly is at the heart of our commitment. Our staff and customers must be confident that everyone will have a full opportunity to contribute, thrive and progress on the basis of what they bring and what they achieve.
We undertake not to discriminate on the grounds of:
- caring responsibilities
- gender and gender identity
- marital or partnership status
- sexual orientation
- working patterns
We will deal with unfairness or underrepresentation where evidence of this is found, consistent with the law and Civil Service policies and values.
The National School of Government is a Non-Ministerial Government Department within the Civil Service.
Our equality and diversity policy is therefore in line with, and subject to, the Civil Service Management Code and builds on the statutory obligations of employers under national legislation and European Community law.
Our staff must work to ensure that we are not behaving in a way that could, intentionally or not, discriminate against or cause feelings of harassment in others. Discrimination is a serious matter and the consequences of such behaviour can lead to disciplinary proceedings and individual liability under the relevant legislation.
Harassment, bullying, discrimination and victimisation
We do not tolerate any form of discriminatory behaviour, harassment, bullying or victimisation. These are disciplinary offences. Complaints will be treated seriously and investigated thoroughly.
For more details about our policy and information on how to go about reporting concerns, please see our Harassment and Bullying Policy statement available at reception at all sites or from the Diversity Manager, who is based at Sunningdale Park.
We undertake to ensure that all customers are treated fairly, inclusively and with equal access to services and information. Care will be taken to ensure that publications and programme materials are accessible and take account of the needs of different people.
Facilities and services
We aim to provide independent equal access for all our customers.
Our range of facilities includes good wheelchair access, text phones, a Kurzweil scanner and adapted video recorder to display subtitles (available in the learning and resource centre at Sunningdale Park), adapted software for those with visual impairment, and lecture theatres with loop systems for hearing aid users. We can appoint lip readers and signers, and mobility scooters can be provided. If you need a companion to help you participate fully, charges are levied only on your attendance and not your companion's. On site, some of our bedrooms have been designed to accommodate differing needs and incorporate facilities for visually or hearing impaired people and wheelchair users.
When booking outside accommodation, we make every effort to ensure that the facilities provided by the establishment provide access to all.
Special dietary requirements can be accommodated.
At Sunningdale Park we have the use of The Edith Rose Nursery, which takes children aged three months to five years but places are limited and need to be reserved at the time of your booking.
All National School of Government material is available in Braille, large print and audio and other publications are available in these formats on request.
Programme of action
At the National School of Government, we are actively working to implement and develop the Equality and Diversity Policy and bring about cultural change. We will endeavour to provide a fulfilling experience for all our customers.
The Diversity Manager
01344 63 4283
Information about the National School programmes can be requested in Braille, large print and audio. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org