Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

We are committed to creating an environment free from discrimination, and promoting dignity and respect for all, and where individual differences and the contributions of all staff, students, professionals, and participants are recognised and valued. We demonstrate this commitment by:

  • Recruiting, training and supporting students and staff regardless of ethnicity, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation or religion.
  • Taking seriously complaints of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination by employees, students, users, suppliers, visitors, the public and any others in the course of the organisation’s work activities.
  • Making opportunities for training, development and progress available to all staff and students, who will be helped and encouraged to develop their full potential so their talents can be fully realised.
  • Monitoring the make-up of our community regarding information such as age, sex, ethnic background, sexual orientation, religion or belief, and disability to help us identify and address areas of under-representation.

In early 2021 we formed our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee to oversee the formulation and the implementation of NCCA’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan. The committee reports to the Senior Management Team and the Board of Trustees, and ensures goals they have set are met and that decisions they take are sufficiently informed in relation to equality, diversity & inclusion.  In order to ensure that the Action Plan addresses issues in all areas of our work, the committee includes professional circus artists, students, teachers, non-teaching staff from all areas of the organisation and members of our Board of Trustees.  It is joint-chaired by Ali King, who is also NCCA’s Chair of the Board of Trustees, and Kaveh Rahnama, a professional circus artists and teacher at NCCA (and also an NCCA graduate).

Areas that the Committee is working on at the moment include strengthening our relationships with local organisations in Hackney and the wider local community, de-centralising the Higher Education curriculum, ensuring our outward ‘face’ is reflective of the diversity of our community and ensuring we have good data on our users, so we know where we need to make improvements.

If you have any suggestions about how NCCA can improve its approach to equality, diversity & inclusion, please contact EDICommittee@nationalcircus.org.uk