Last Updated: Thursday, January 05, 2023

What equality law means for you as an education provider – Schools

What is this?

​This resource explains the requirements of the Equality Act (2010). It is non-statutory guidance but following it may help you to meet your duties under the act.

Who is this for?

All school education providers.

This guidance document, written by the Equality and Human Rights Commission should inform the development of the curriculum and the review of policies in relation to promoting equality and diversity and eliminating discrimination.

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This information can support an audit of current practice and identify areas for improvement. It relates to the Quality indicator 3.1 of How good is our school? - HGIOS 4

Challenge questions for schools might include:

  • How well do we ensure that all staff undertake regular professional learning around legislation, statutory requirements and codes of practice?
  • How well does our school ensure that the curriculum is designed to develop and promote equality and diversity, eliminate discrimination?

The guidance includes details on:

  • who is protected
  • what is discrimination/harassment/victimisation
  • what else is unlawful under the Equality Act (2010)
  • positive Action
  • admissions
  • providing education and access to any benefit, service or facility
  • exclusion from school
  • dispute resolution and enforcement

Link to resource

What equality law means for you as an education provider – Schools