Creating a fairer Britain
The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date. We are currently writing new guidance to reflect the changes to the law.
This section is about making sure you are treated fairly in education or training. It covers pre-school education, schools and colleges, work-based training and adult education or life-long learning and it is aimed primarily at students or pupils and their parents or carers, but also anyone who may be interested in learning more about this area.
The right to education is a universal human right set out by the United Nations. In the UK, that right is now seen as a right to an effective education. In other words, that doesn’t just mean having an opportunity to go to school. It means that education and training providers should take account of learners’ circumstances and needs in helping them to fulfil their potential.
Under British anti-discrimination legislation, you also have the right not to be discriminated against when you are at school, college, university or any other place of learning or training.