Equality and diversity

Compliance with The Equality Act 2010 is the responsibility of Schools

The DfE has published guidance on the Equality Act for schools

The Act provides a single, consolidated source of discrimination law. It simplifies the law and it extends protection from discrimination in some areas.  As far as schools are concerned, for the most part, the effect of the new law is the same as it has been in the past – meaning that schools cannot unlawfully discriminate against pupils because of their sex, race, disability, religion or belief or sexual orientation. In addition, protection against discrimination is now extended to pupils who are pregnant or have recently given birth, or who are undergoing gender reassignment.

The exceptions to the discrimination provisions for schools are all replicated in the new act – such as the content of the curriculum, collective worship and admissions to single-sex schools and schools of a religious character.

Schools that were already complying with previous equality legislation should not find major differences in what they need to do.