As the employer of staff in our Academies, Northern Education Trust (NET) recognises the statutory responsibilities related to employment and is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and potential staff. NET recognises, respects and values diversity in the workforce and is committed to promoting and achieving equality of opportunity. Day to day management of staff is delegated to the Principal (or nominated representative) and Line Managers in each Academy. Throughout this document reference is made to the responsibilities held by the Governing Body/Principal for operational purposes. Ultimate responsibility rests with the Trust.
NET will base all employment decisions on merit and the legitimate business needs of the organisation. NET does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including ethnic origin, colour, nationality and national origin), religion or belief (including philosophical belief), sex or sexual orientation or any other ground on which it is, or becomes, unlawful to discriminate under the laws of England and Wales (hereinafter referred to as “Protected Characteristics”).
The principles of equality and diversity also apply to the ways in which staff treat colleagues, pupils, students, parents and carers and key stakeholders such as Governors and partners.
The aims of the Academy are to; create an organisation which provides equality for all and encourages diversity ensure that all employment decisions are based on objective, transparent and non- discriminatory criteria ensure that conditions of service are applied fairly and do not discriminate against employees ensure that all individuals are treated fairly and with respect ensure that behaviour or actions are not accepted that do not adhere to our values.
It is the intention of NET to enable all staff to work in an environment which allows them to fulfil their potential without fear of discrimination, harassment or victimisation. The Trust’s commitment to equality and diversity extends to all aspects of the working relationship, including: recruitment and selection procedures; terms and conditions of employment, including pay and benefits; training, appraisal, career development and promotion; work practices, conduct issues, discipline, grievances and allocation of work; termination of employment and post-employment matters, including references.
We consult those affected by inequality in the decisions the academy takes to promote equality and eliminate discrimination on a regular basis. Students are given the opportunity via ‘Student Voice’ to raise concerns and have their say. Questionnaires are sent out to students, staff and parents/carers to consult and obtain their views.