Creating a fairer Britain
28 June 2013
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has today published guidance to help schools protect their pupils from discrimination and promote equality.
Schools Technical Guidance outlines the requirements under the Equality Act 2010 and explains clearly how those working in schools can create an environment where pupils of all backgrounds and abilities are able to learn and progress. It sets out how all aspects of school life can be administered fairly, including: admissions, education provision, extracurricular activities, afterschool and homework clubs, sports activities and school trips, as well as access to school facilities such as libraries and IT facilities.
This guidance is aimed at those working in schools, at lawyers, courts and tribunals, and at everyone who needs to understand equality law in depth, or apply it in practice. It has gone through a consultation process across the education sector, including school leaders, teachers, stakeholders, government departments and trade unions. These contributions have made sure that the guidance is relevant, practical, and collaborative.
While this guidance is not a statutory Code of Practice, it can be used as evidence in legal proceedings and provides an authoritative, comprehensive and technical guide to the detail of the law.
The Commission is continuing to develop a range of guidance materials on rights, responsibilities and good practice under the Equality Act 2010.
Ian Acheson, Chief Operating Officer at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said:
“Schools play a vital role in the shaping of young people - their belief systems, their values and their morality. To be treated fairly and with respect, to be offered equality of opportunity regardless of gender, age, religion, race or any other human characteristic, is surely a positive foundation for their later years and for how they treat others.
“Schools have been extremely helpful in producing this guide, and we hope that it provides them with the information to get equality right for all pupils.”
For more press information contact the Commission’s media office on 0161 829 8102, out of hours 07767 272 818.
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