Index – Inclusion & Diversity

BSA Group statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The BSA Group is committed to fostering an anti-discriminatory and inclusive culture where diversity is valued.

We believe in a sense of connectedness and belonging where our team, members and the wider community all feel they can contribute, grow and learn.

We commit to equity, diversity and inclusion and will always work to understand where we are as a Group, to plan for the future and to take action to meet our commitments.

We will approach diversity and inclusion support and training with integrity and will work with experts to provide high quality resources to meet the diverse needs of our team and members.

This important area of our work will be known as ‘Index’ (Inclusion and Diversity Excellence).

BSA Certificate in Professional Practice – Inclusion Lead Training

This new, comprehensive, two-day course has been put together to support Inclusion Leads of staff with specific responsibility for equity, diversity and inclusion in boarding schools.

The BSA Inclusion Lead course brings together subject leaders from a wide range of backgrounds who will share knowledge and experiences to both support you with this important work, and challenge your thinking to enable professional, and personal, growth.

Over the two study days, delegates will cover:

  • Identity and belonging
  • Use of language
  • Empowerment
  • Intersectionality
  • Legal and inspection requirements
  • Compassionate leadership
  • Creating sustained change

Study dates: February 8, 2022 and March 3, 2022. To book this training, please click here.

Index Training

Index webinars and day seminars can be booked here.

Inclusion Leads/Staff with an EDI Leadership role

We are collating names and email contact details of Inclusion Leads/equivalent and anyone in a BSA school with an EDI leadership role. Please do email bsa@boarding.org.uk with your full name, school and full job title/role.

INDEX Framework for Schools

This framework has been designed to assist schools in their equity, diversity and inclusion work.

INDEX Toolkit for School

This toolkit has been designed to assist schools in their equity, diversity and inclusion work.

INDEX Resources

Below is a selection of resources linked to equity, inclusion and diversity.

School Case Studies

To access a selection of School EDI case studies from BSA and other ISC Member Schools please click here (ISC member login in details required). 

Legislation and Framework

General Index Resources

Social Justice

Pregnancy and Maternity

Socioeconomic

Mental Health

Equality Act Protected Characteristics

Age

A reference to a person who has a particular protected characteristic is a reference to a person of a particular age group; a reference to persons who share a protected characteristic is a reference to persons of the same age group; a reference to an age group is a reference to a group of persons defined by reference to age, whether by reference to a particular age or to a range of ages (Equality Act, 2010).  

Disability

A person has a disability if one has a physical or mental impairment, and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. A reference to a disabled person is a reference to a person who has a disability; a reference to a person who has a particular protected characteristic is a reference to a person who has a particular disability; a reference to persons who share a protected characteristic is a reference to persons who have the same disability (Equality Act, 2010).

  • Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Disability Rights
  • Disability Inclusion Strategy
  • Disability Discrimination
  • SEN Policy Research Forum

Gender Reassignment

A person has the protected characteristic of gender reassignment if the person is proposing to undergo, is undergoing or has undergone a process (or part of a process) for the purpose of reassigning the person’s sex by changing physiological or other attributes of sex. A reference to a transsexual person is a reference to a person who has the protected characteristic of gender reassignment (Equality Act, 2010).

Marriage and Civil Partnership

A person has the protected characteristic of marriage and civil partnership if the person is married or is a civil partner. A reference to a person who has a particular protected characteristic is a reference to a person who is married or is a civil partner; a reference to persons who share a protected characteristic is a reference to persons who are married or are civil partners (Equality Act, 2010).

Race

Race includes: colour; nationality; ethnic or national origins. A reference to a person who has a particular protected characteristic is a reference to a person of a particular racial group; a reference to persons who share a protected characteristic is a reference to persons of the same racial group. A racial group is a group of persons defined by reference to race; and a reference to a person’s racial group is a reference to a racial group into which the person falls. The fact that a racial group comprises two or more distinct racial groups does not prevent it from constituting a particular racial group (Equality Act, 2010).

Religion or Belief

Religion means any religion and a reference to religion includes a reference to a lack of religion. Belief means any religious or philosophical belief and a reference to belief includes a reference to a lack of belief. A reference to a person who has a particular protected characteristic is a reference to a person of a particular religion or belief; a reference to persons who share a protected characteristic is a reference to persons who are of the same religion or belief (Equality Act, 2010).

Sex

A reference to a person who has a particular protected characteristic is a reference to a man or to a woman; a reference to persons who share a protected characteristic is a reference to persons of the same sex (Equality Act, 2010).

Sexual Orientation

Sexual orientation means a person’s sexual orientation towards: persons of the same sex, persons of the opposite sex, or persons of either sex. A reference to a person who has a particular protected characteristic is a reference to a person who is of a particular sexual orientation; a reference to persons who share a protected characteristic is a reference to persons who are of the same sexual orientation (Equality Act, 2010).

Contact BSA

Ammy Davies-Potter
Director of Guardianship and Inclusion and BSA Foundation
e. ammy.davies-potter@boarding.org.uk
t. +44 (0)7964 948 454