Equality duty for schools
The equality duty forms a part of the Equality Act 2010. It replaces the three previous duties on race, disability and gender, bringing them together into a single duty.
It also covers:
- age (for school staff only)
- sexual orientation
- religion or belief
- pregnancy and maternity
- gender reassignment
Read the guidance on the Equality Act 2010: advice for schools | GOV.UK
What schools need to do
Schools have two specific duties:
- Publish information to show your compliance with the equality duty at least once a year.
- Set and publish specific measurable equality objectives at least every four years.
Your school can decide what information you publish to show your compliance with the equality duty. There is no prescribed format. Publishing your school’s equality policy and objectives would meet both requirements above.
For full guidance on the equality duty and producing an equality policy for your school, please view the:
Example equality policy and action plan [293.5 KB] [doc]
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