Equality and Diversity Policy

1 Overview

1.1 The Association of British Education Awards (ABEA) endeavours to ensure, through its policies, procedures and actions that all centres and learners are treated fairly and according to their individual needs.

1.2 All centres applying for ABEA centre recognition and qualification approval are expected to have a clear commitment to equality and diversity through their own policies and procedures.

1.3 ABEA will consider applications from all centres and will not discriminate against type or size of organisation. ABEA will judge a centre’s application for approval on its ability to deliver, assess and quality assure ABEA units and qualifications. See our Centre Recognition Policy.

1.4 Through its policies and procedures ABEA’s Qualifications Development and Assessment Team works to develop qualifications and assessments that promote fair access to all.

1.5 Access to ABEA qualifications is open to all including groups protected by equality legislation – age (except where health and safety considerations dictate a minimum age), disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity.

Note: Centres seeking recognition and operating in international markets must either have established links with an ABEA approved UK centre or must be able to demonstrate robust quality assurance arrangements which can readily be monitored by ABEA’s external moderators and examiners.

2 ABEA aims to ensure that:

2.1 Through the development of its qualifications, the unit content and assessment method and application are non-discriminatory and cater for the widest diversity of learners;

2.2 The style and language of its documentation do not reflect stereotyped or biased attitudes or support discrimination against any group including those mentioned above (1.5);

2.3 Its external moderators and examiners apply non-discriminatory practice;

2.4 Its centres ensure that no learner is subjected to unfair discrimination on any grounds in relation to access to ABEA units/qualifications and assessment activity;

2.5 Its centres have effective learner complaints, enquiries and appeals procedures.

3 ABEA will apply its policy:

3.1 Through monitoring qualification content, assessment criteria, rules of combination and assessment materials;

3.2 In the selection and actions of all those working for or on behalf of ABEA;

3.3 In the verification and evaluation of assessment;

3.4 By offering special arrangements to learners, who as a result of disability may not be able to fully demonstrate their abilities in prescribed assessment situations, provided that this does not unreasonably affect the standards and outcome of the assessment;

3.5 By regularly consulting centres and learners regarding any specific needs of learners;

3.6 By monitoring all complaints, enquiries and appeals that may suggest discriminatory practice.

4 Quality Assurance

4.1 This policy is reviewed annually to ensure it continues to meet the needs of ABEA customers, the Regulators and current legislation.