1.14 Equal Opportunities Statement

SQA has a legal obligation to comply with a wide and varied range of equality legislation covering Race, Disability, Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Religion or Belief. SQA has taken a number of actions to promote equality such as:

  • Introduction of Equality Schemes including individual Race Equality Scheme (RES), Disability Equality Scheme (DES) and Gender Equality Scheme (GES) which are updated every three years.
  • Undertaken Equality Impact Assessments (EqIA) on all existing and new policies, guidance and strategies to ensure no discrimination occurs.
  • Provided equality training to staff, including staff who are part-time and on fixed-term contracts.
  • Consulted with a wide range of stakeholders on equality matters.
  • Established an internal equality steering group.
  • Published annual updates on its progress on equality matters including the results of Equality Impact Assessments (EqIA).

SQA expects Appointees to practice our core values and principles, to be treated fairly, and treat others with respect and without bias irrespective of religious belief, gender, age, disability, ethnic origin, political opinion, marital status, sexual orientation or whether or not they have dependants. Equal opportunity is not a stand-alone issue. It is part of everything SQA does, including recruiting and supporting you as an Appointee.

Further information on SQA’s equality schemes can be found at: www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/25340.html