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Equalities and Diversity

Diversity and Equalities is a term used in the United Kingdom to define and champion equality, diversity and human rights as defining values of society. It promotes equality of opportunity for all, giving every individual the chance to achieve their potential, free from prejudice and discrimination.

UK legislation requires public authorities including schools to promote equality in everything that they do, also making sure that other organisations meet their legal duties to promote equality while also doing so themselves.

In the UK under the Equality Act 2010 there are certain legal requirements under existing legislation to promote equality in the areas of nine protected characteristics. These are often collectively referred to as the general duties to promote equality and apply to schools. 

DfE have produced an advice booklet to assist school leaders, school staff, governing bodies and local governments with Equality.

Equality Act Advice booklet


Equality Duty Training Resources

The last Equality duty training sessions were interactive and allowed for participants to engage in sharing best practice and strategies in the context of a ensuring secure understanding of the equality duty. The sessions allowed for reflection on their school's current practice, practical next steps and tools examples. Giving participants the understanding of their statutory duty, implementation strategies and how to evaluate their impact, strategies to overcome barriers to meeting the equality duty to a high quality.

Powerpoint presentation

Equality Duty Presentation (pdf, 341kb)

Equality Duty: Objective Statement (pdf, 253kb)

The Equalities Act in practice Case Studies (docx, 45kb)
DfE Departmental Advice - May 2014 The Equality Act 2010 & Schools (pdf, 426kb)
Ofsted Good Practice Example Creating a positive culture of equality and opportunity (pdf, 147kb):Cranford Community College
PSED guide for schools Public Sector Equality Duty Guidance for schools (pdf, 159kb)
Reasonable adjustment guidance

Reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils (doc, 107kb)

Reasonable adjustments for ADHD (docx, 16kb)

Discussion Resources Scenarios and Responses (docx, 473kb)

Information Documents

technical guidance for schools (pdf, 974kb)

What equality law means for you as an education provider (pdf, 629kb)

Sample Equality Policy The Wroxham School (pdf, 384kb)


Information on SMSC and Primary PSHE Framework  can be found within other sections of this site