Equality and diversity

Education Scotland is committed to eliminating discrimination and promoting equality and diversity.

We aim to ensure equal opportunities for all our staff, taking full account of the information we have about 'protected characteristic' groups, as defined in the Equality Act 2010.

We are committed to developing practitioners’ understanding of equality and diversity issues so they can:

  • identify groups at risk of not benefiting fully from education and take action to meet their needs; and
  • help all learners develop the understanding of equality and diversity issues essential for responsible citizens in the 21st century.

We are committed to involving our stakeholders, including 'protected characteristic' groups, in our work as fully involved as possible.

Policy on equality and diversity

PDF file: Education Scotland Equality Policy - October 2017 (656 KB)​​

PDF file: Education Scotland Equality Strategy 2017 - 2019 (464 KB)

PDF file: Corporate Parenting Duties and Corporate Parenting Plan 2017 - 2020 (422 KB)

PDF file: Public Sector Equality Duty and Corporate Parenting Progress Report August 2018 to February 2020 (791 KB)

Our approaches to equality impact assessment

These documents provide information on how we carry out equality impact assessments of our work.
PDF file: Strategy for Equality Impact Assessments (EQIAs) - Updated 27 August 2012 (201 KB)

Education Scotland Equality Impact Assessments

PDF file: Equality Impact Assessment - Annual Review 2012/13 (1.2 MB)

PDF file: Equality Impact Assessment - Corporate Plan 2013-16 (701 KB)

PDF file: Equality Impact Assessment - Making Sense review (234 KB)

PDF file: Equality Impact Assessment - National e-Learning Programme (284 KB)

PDF file: Equality Impact Assessment - Assessment within BGE (247 KB)

PDF file: Equality Impact Assessment - Professional Learning and Leadership Programmes (274 KB)

PDF file: Equality Impact Assessment - Supporting Education Leaders and Teams (290 KB)

Children's rights and participation

This strategy sets out how Education Scotland will strive to protect and respect the rights of all children, as set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

PDF file: Children’s Rights and Participation Strategy 2020 - 2022 (481 KB)