Northampton College has become one of the larger general Further Education Colleges in the region, with approximately 10,000 students, a turnover of almost £28 million and over 600 full time members of staff and around 400 'visiting lecturers'.
It offers a broad range of full-time and part-time Skills Funding Agency (SFA) funded courses. In addition, it provides Higher Education courses funded through The University of Northampton and supports other organisations including those in the voluntary sector.
At Northampton College, we therefore have enormous potential to act as catalysts for positive change in people's lives.
Our mission is to provide our community with the opportunity to develop through learning.
As an inclusive general further education college, we are committed to serving our learners by:
- Identifying and focusing on key strands of provision
- Providing the highest quality learning experiences
- Employing new technologies to underpin learning
- Working closely with employers and others to meet the needs of the economy
- Working in the local community to widen participation in learning
- Promoting partnerships that deliver responsive and coherent learning provision
The outworking of this mission and vision is underpinned by our core values:
- Respecting and helping each other
- Engaging people through teaching with expertise and enthusiasm
- Developing people through learning
- Bringing out the best in each other
- Playing a positive role in our community
Everyone has different beliefs and values, and these influence their attitudes. Beliefs and values develop according to individuals' experience, their family background, social and cultural activities, travel and consumption of the media. Attitudes are often based on prejudices - this is inevitable - but the law dictates that prejudice must not influence behaviour and actions that result in discrimination, harassment or victimisation for people with protected characteristics under the Equality Act.
To help everyone act within the law, the College requires that its staff and students behave according to the values of the organisation rather than their own individual values while they are in the college environment. It publishes these values and makes sure they are embedded in the induction, management and monitoring process for everyone throughout their experience with the College.
As a learning organisation governed by the Public Sector Duty, the College seeks to go further than simply preventing prejudice from influencing behaviour. It exists to foster and promote good relations within communities and across groups of people including those with and without protected characteristics. This is enshrined in the Mission and Vision of the College and the principles these espouse aim to influence beliefs and values, affecting instances of prejudice while accepting that this can never be wholly eradicated.
The purpose of this report is to provide information and data about Northampton College. All further education colleges have a duty to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
- Advance equality of opportunity between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
- Foster good relations between those who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not.
There are nine 'protected characteristics' as defined in the Equality Act 2010. These are:
- Sexual orientation
- Gender reassignment
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Marriage and Civil Partnership (though the requirement to 'advance equality of opportunity' and 'foster good relations' does not apply to this characteristic).