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Equality North East

Equality Standard : Case Studies

CfBT

CfBT is an international charity. Their project in the North East is a small part of a much larger organisation. With 40 years' experience of delivering education services worldwide CfBT Education Trust exists solely to provide education for public benefit.

Teaching and learning are the essence of what they. CfBT staff support educational reform, teach, advise, research and train. As one of the top 30 charities in the UK, they work for and with individuals and communities in order to help them reach their potential.

CfBT and The Equality Standard ‘Gold’ Award

The reason CfBT embarked on The Standard ‘Gold’ Award was to help them evaluate their policies and practices with regards to advancing and promoting equality and diversity within CfBT and their Next Step service. With good support from their advisor they worked through the challenges of strategy and policy development being corporate functions by developing and improving procedures and practices at local level. During this time they fedback to head office about corporate areas for improvement.

The Standard has been a ‘useful tool in helping CfBT identify areas of good practice and areas for improvement.’ It further supported their Ofsted Self-Assessment and Quality Improvement Planning process which, when improvements highlighted are implemented and embedded, will in turn impact positively on their customers and stakeholders.

CfBT found the whole process very beneficial in helping them to focus and identify priorities and raise the profile of equality and diversity within CfBT as a whole.

Shirley Sunderland, CfBT said of their Standard journey, “When we started looking at the Equality Standard we were able to take stock of what we do and how we do it; our journey is still ongoing as we look to fully embed some of the areas for improvement, and make sure that we continue to actively promote equality and diversity in everything we do.”

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July 25, 2013

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