Truro and Penwith College is delighted to have been awarded ‘Investors in Diversity’ status by the National Centre for Diversity. The award is a highly prized and prestigious quality mark which recognises and celebrates the College’s all-encompassing approach to managing equality, diversity and inclusion.
The award confirms that the College has actively engaged with learners, staff, school partners, parents and other stakeholders as part of the process to identify best practice and areas for improvement to ensure a commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is at the heart of the College’s work.
The National Centre for Diversity stated “The College has made great progress in embedding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion into the fabric of the curriculum.”
Learners at the College have access to an outstanding range of opportunities to develop their awareness and understanding of the issues. Most recently these have included a Health Fair promoting disability issues, performances by the Shallal Dance Theatre group, residential trips to Mosques in Plymouth and Bristol and opportunities to work with disadvantaged, ethnic minority children from London. The College has actively promoted the Paralympic values throughout 2012.
Mark Wardle, Director of Curriculum, was delighted that the College’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion had been recognised: “As a college we are wholeheartedly committed to providing an inclusive environment in which learners, staff and all stakeholders feel valued, respected and able to fulfil their potential. We provide a diverse curriculum which is enriched by a broad range of opportunities to ensure all learners have an outstanding experience in and out of the classroom. What particularly resonated with us about the National Centre for Diversity’s approach is that the focus is never on thinking ‘we have arrived’ or ‘job done’, but on continuous monitoring of what we are doing with a view to improving it. That ethos is at the heart of this award and it also characterises what we look to do in all aspects of our work at Truro and Penwith College.”