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									                                      Education Leeds

                              Race Equality Policy Statement

Introduction
Education Leeds recognises that racism is a fundamental barrier to human rights,
democracy, equal opportunity access to learning and achievement. The Education
Development Plan and all Education Leeds strategic plans will promote race
equality and challenge all forms of racism.

Education Leeds will celebrate and promote the rich cultural, linguistic, ethnic and
religious diversity of Leeds.

This policy statement supplements and is directed by the Council’s Equal Opportunities
Policy. It will comprehensively cover the employment, service delivery, law enforcing,
regulatory, community development and leadership functions of the Education Leeds. The
policy makes a commitment to take action in relation to areas covered by the requirements
of the Race Relations Act 1976 and the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, and the
recommendations of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry.

Basic Principles
To reflect the diverse local communities of Leeds the term used throughout this statement
is ‘black and minority ethnic groups/communities’.

Education Leeds is committed to equality of opportunity for all people, with positive regard
for age, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, race, religious belief, gender, marital
status, sexuality, gender reassignment, responsibility for dependants, impairment, trade
union or political activity, and any other disadvantaged group. Education Leeds is
committed to addressing issues of multiple discrimination for individuals who
experience disadvantage on more than one level.

Education Leeds will meet its legal duties under the Race Relations Act 1976 and Race
Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 to:
    eliminate unlawful discrimination
    promote equality of opportunity and good relations between persons of different
       racial group
    meet the specific duties for local authorities
    support schools to meet their statutory obligations under the specific duties for
       schools

The basic principles guiding Education Leeds Race Equality Statement will
address all forms of institutionalised racism and promote race equality by:
    Supporting Schools to Raise Achievement of black and minority ethnic pupils
    Identifying and acting upon the key barriers to inclusive education for black and
      minority ethnic pupils
    Promoting a multi-cultural and anti-racist curriculum in schools and educational
      institutions
    Ensuring that school admission procedures and practices promote race equality
      and equality of access
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      Reporting, recording, monitoring and dealing with racist incidents as defined by the
       Stephen Lawrence Inquiry within Education Leeds and in Schools
      Valuing and promoting bilingualism
      Providing equality of access to local services
      Providing quality of opportunity in employment
      Ensuring equality of access to resources
      Working in partnership with local black and minority ethnic community groups and
       employees

Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report
Education Leeds’ approach to race equality takes into account recommendations from the
Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report. Education Leeds recognises that ‘institutional
racism’ may disadvantage many black and minority ethnic staff and communities.
Education Leeds aims to implement recommendations of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry
report by:

 Redressing under-representation of black and minority ethnic staff
 Providing effective anti-racist training
 Providing sensitive and appropriate services to black and minority ethnic pupils, their
  families and employees
 Dealing with racial harassment and violence consistently and effectively
 Establishing a comprehensive performance management framework to promote race
  equality .

Consultation
Education Leeds is committed to improving the process and quality of consultation with
black and minority ethnic communities. Consultation processes will be reviewed with the
aim of empowering minority ethnic communities to participate in the partnerships to
improve learning and promote race equality.

Monitoring
Education Leeds will continue to monitor and publish data on black and minority ethnic
achievement in relation to:
-      Attainment
-      Exclusions
Education Leeds will continue to develop systems to collect data on:
-      Banding and setting
-      Attendance
-      Exam entries
-      Option Choices
-      Racial Incidents and their handling
-      Numbers of minority ethnic pupils in gifted and talented categories
-      Numbers benefiting from Excellence in Cities (EiC) and other Government funded
       initiatives
-      English as an additional language




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Staff: Education Leeds will meet its legal duties under the Race Relations Amendment
Act 2000 in relation to Employment by monitoring and analysing by racial, ethnic and
national groups:
-       Recruitment, retention and promotion processes and outcomes
-       grievances
-       disciplinary action
-       performance appraisals (when they to benefits or penalties)
-       training
-       staff leaving the authority

Education Leeds will report on a quarterly basis to Leeds City Council on the Best Value
Performance Indicators for Race Equality and continue to gather statistics for the
organisational health indicators that include the number of black and minority ethnic staff
employed by each strategic area, broken down into gradings of seniority for the following
conditions of service;
1. Administrative, Professional, Technical and Clerical (APT&C)
2. School Teachers pay and conditions
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4. Executive Officer
5. Chief Officer
6. Chief Executive

Education Leeds will publish the monitoring results every year.

Service delivery: The Race Relations Impact Audit process and monitoring information
and its analysis will inform service plans. All service plans will specifically address race
equality. Education Leeds will contribute to the Leeds City Council Race Equality Scheme.

Responsibilities of Strategic Managers
 Strategic Managers and their staff will be responsible for the implementation of the
  Race Equality Policy in their strategy area
 Strategic Managers will ensure that key functions are monitored for their impact on
  race equality
 Strategic Managers will ensure that race equality targets are achieved
 Strategic Managers will consider issues raised through consultation with black and
  minority ethnic community groups
 Strategic Managers will monitor and act upon racist incidents within their strategy area
 Strategic Managers will report progress to the Race Equality Strategy Group

Policy Objectives
Education Leeds has the following objectives for its Race Equality Policy Statement:

       making sure that the workforce reflects the black and minority ethnic communities
        in Leeds at all levels of the organisation, by ensuring the appointment of more
        black and minority ethnic staff to all levels at which they are underrepresented
        within the Education Leeds.
       elimination of racial discrimination in all functions (employment, service delivery,
        law enforcing and regulatory) of the Education Leeds
       ensuring that all Education Leeds front line services are accessible to black and
        minority ethnic communities and that, where necessary, appropriate services are

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         developed to meet identified needs by making sure that all staff are trained in how
         to meet the needs of black and minority ethnic communities in service delivery and
         establishing effective consultation and liaison arrangements with black and minority
         ethnic communities.
        demonstrating leadership on race equality issues.
        promoting the above objectives with other local voluntary, statutory and public
         agencies and private contractors.
        ensuring that Race Equality is promoted in services contracted out or brokered.
        working in partnership to promote Race Equality through Leeds City Council
         regeneration initiatives
        systematically consider any other areas for improvement in line with the Race
         Relations (Amendment) Act 2000

    Programme of Action
-        Generic Equality Standard for Local Government:
         To achieve these policy objectives each Strategic Area of Education Leeds will
         carry out work to promote and deliver race equality by using the Generic Equality
         Standard for Local Government. This builds on the work undertaken to date via the
         CRE Standard for Local Government. Progress will be measured against the
         Generic Standard ‘Levels’ on an annual basis

-         Each Strategy Area will prepare an Equality Action Plan which will:
         -     Identify the action needed to achieve Education Leeds’ race equality
               objectives, including a timetable.
         -     Report in more detail on particular areas of service provision where
               identified.
         -     Identify the training programme necessary to implement the action plans and
               to indicate time scales.
         -     collected and published information in line with the Race Relations
               (Amendment) Act 2000

-        A comprehensive programme of training will be developed to ensure that staff are
         aware of Education Leeds race equality policies.

-        Education Leeds will take steps to ensure that local black and minority ethnic
         communities are fully consulted on the development of its policies.

Resources
Resources need to be identified to support the implementation of the Race Equality Policy

Review
The Race Equality Policy Statement will be reviewed annually.




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