Tackling discrimination and promoting equality

New law in force

The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.

Public sector equality duties

Public authorities, including state education providers, must comply with certain legal responsibilities set out in the following duties:

  • The race equality duty
  • The disability equality duty
  • The gender equality duty

The specific duties placed on schools and institutions of further and higher education differ from the specific duties on other public authorities. There are also differences between the duties for education institutions and authorities in Scotland, and those in England and Wales.

The duties apply to the governing bodies of all maintained schools (community schools, foundation schools, voluntary aided and voluntary controlled schools), city technology colleges, city colleges for the arts, city colleges for technology and city academies.

More information

Other guidance for Education providers

Employing refugees

The Refugee Council has produced guidance about employing refugees in schools, in recognition that refugees are an untapped workforce whose skills can add real value to a school. Employing refugees is an opportunity to create a more
diverse workforce and learning environment.

The guide aims to support schools and other education employers in their recruitment practices. It explains clearly who refugees and asylum seekers are, their entitlements to work and train in the UK and the documentation they will have to demonstrate this. The guide also provides useful information for initial teacher training providers on UK NARIC assessments of overseas trained teaching certificates and higher level qualifications.

Download: Employing refugees in schools: A guide for education employers and initial teacher training providers (PDF)

> See also: Other sources of help

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