Equality and Diversity for schools
By raising awareness of all strands of diversity, how to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity, we are preparing our young people to become good global citizens, and to appreciate the diverse society in which they live.
Additionally, this important agenda will ensure we have a workforce which reflects the differences of our customers which in turn will help to shape a responsive and tailored service We appreciate that talents reside in people of all backgrounds and a diverse workforce can harness this. This will help the local authorities to become an employer of choice and enhance partnership working.
Discrimination costs money and undermines staff morale, productions and reputation. A local authority will need to have strong community connections, and fair and transparent policies to meet the needs of a 21st Century Britain.
Please use the following link to see important information which sets out your legal duties under the Equality Act 2010.
Documents and workshops
These have been developed as part of our schools support, to help them meet their Equality Duty.
- Schools Equality Toolkit (PDF, 426.4 KB)
- Getting Started toolkit (Secondary schools)
- Getting Started toolkit (Primary schools)
- An Introduction to Supporting LGBT Young People
- Free film activity pack
The new Equality Act 2010 came into force on 1st October 2010. This piece of legislation brings together over 100 pieces of existing legislation on equality. The intention is to streamline equality requirements and to provide a firm platform for tackling dual discrimination in our society. The three aims of the legislation are to:
- Eliminate discrimination
- Promote equality of opportunity
- Foster good relationships
Whilst there is a need to continue to raise awareness around the original key pieces of legislation Race Relation Act 1976, Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, the law now covers nine groups which have protected characteristics.
- Gender reassignment
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Marriage and Civil Partnership