The useful links are grouped into categories. Select a category heading to view useful links in that category.
Please note: The Commission is not responsible for any of the content produced by other organisations and charities and provided in the following useful links.
- Equality Act 2010: Guidance for education providers
This is non statutory advice from the Department for Education. It has been produced to help schools to understand how the Equality Act affects them and how to fulfil their duties under the Act.
- Read the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s guidance for schools including topics such as identity-based bullying, school trips, uniforms, curriculum delivery, same-sex schools, disabled pupils and admission terms.
- Equality Act 2010: FAQs
- Protected characteristics
The grounds upon which discrimination is unlawful. Provides definitions of the characteristics.
- Public sector equality duty
Information and guidance to help you understand the public sector equality duty, which replaces existing race, gender and disability equality duties.
- Public sector equality duty: FAQs
- Public sector equality duty: Best practice case studies
- How fair is Britain? – EHRC summary report
The Commission’s report to Parliament brings together evidence from various sources to paint a picture of how far what happens in peoples’ real lives matches up to ideals of equality.
- Disability definitions and discrimination
Definition of disability and explanations of unlawful discrimination on the grounds of disability.
- International Day of Disabled Persons
UN International Day of Disabled Persons promotes human rights for disabled people.
National bureau for students with disabilities. This organisation no longer exists but the resources are still available to use.
Charity working with people with learning disabilities.
- Sex discrimination
Information and examples to help you understand sex discrimination.
- International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day promotes equality for women.
- The Fawcett Society
The UK’s leading campaign for equality between women and men.
- Sexual bullying and discrimination
Report produced by the End Violence Against Women coalition covering issues of sexual bullying and sexually discriminatory behaviours.
- Womankind Worldwide
International women’s human rights charity working to help women transform their lives in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
- Women's Sports Foundation
The leading authority on the participation of women and girls in sport.
- Gender reassignment discrimination
Information and examples to help you understand unlawful discrimination on the grounds of gender reassignment.
- Teenage pregnancy guidance
Research and guidance around teenage pregnancy from the Department of Education.
- Race discrimination
Information and examples to help you understand unlawful discrimination on the grounds of race.
- Cultural diversity
News report that shows Catholic and Muslim pupils getting to know each other through a government scheme to link schools in diverse communities.
- Religion and belief definitions and discrimination
Definitions to help you understand what religion and belief is and examples of discrimination on the grounds of these characteristics.
- Three Faiths Forum
Non-religious organisation working to encourage harmony between people of different faiths. Site features a number of related classroom resources.
- Muslim Youth UK
Britain’s first guidance and support channel for Muslim youth. The site is designed and managed entirely by young people who reflect the diversity of Muslim communities in the UK.
- The British Humanist Association
National charity promoting humanism, representing the non-religious and supporting those who wish to live humanist lives. Multiple classroom resources available.
- Sexual orientation definitions and discrimination
Definition of sexual orientation and explanations of unlawful discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Organisation campaigning for lesbian, gay and bisexual rights. Site contains lots of information including material specifically for under 21s and teachers.
- Schools Out
Schools Out provide a support network for all people who want to raise the issue of homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism in education. Teaching pack and student toolkit available.
- LGBT history month
Lots of resources for schools on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans issues.
- Speak Out
Opportunity for lesbian, gay and bisexual secondary school students to take part in Stonewall's new survey.
- Campaign against homophobia in education
Campaign run by Stonewall and fronted by actor Sir Ian McKellen.
- What are human rights?
Information explaining what human rights are, how they work and the Human Rights Act.
- International human rights
Information explaining international human rights and EHRC’s work with the Council of Europe, European Union and the United Nations.
- Dignity Drive
Dignity Drive is an interactive resource designed by EHRC to look at what human rights mean in the context of everyday life.
- Human rights inquiry
The human rights inquiry aimed to establish the extent to which respect for human rights of individuals is embedded in service delivery in England and Wales.
- Human rights case studies
Series of case studies coordinated by the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR), demonstrating the wide scope that human rights have to better the lives of people from every part of society.
- Selection of case studies from EHRC showing how human rights affect our lives.
- Ministry of Justice guidance on human rights
- Children’s Right Alliance for England
Basic information about children’s human rights.
- Amnesty International
Amnesty International’s purpose is to protect individuals wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied. Their website provides lots of human rights case studies and campaigns.
Organisation seeking to protect civil liberties and promote human rights for everyone. Has played a key role in cases that champion children’s rights.
- International human rights day
Celebrates the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and promotes human rights.
- Identity based-bullying
EHRC’s report: 'How fair is Britain?' focused attention on the need to tackle the high incidence of identity-based bullying of young people. Read more about EHRC’s work in this area.
- Department for Education
Advice for schools on preventing and responding to bullying.
- Anti-bullying alliance
Organisation aiming to tackle the problem of bullying.
- Know your rights
EHRC advice and guidance for young people on their rights.
- Free resources for young people
Guides for young people on their rights from the Children’s Rights Alliance for England.
- Children’s legal centre
Provides legal advice, information and representation for children and young people.
- National Youth Advocacy Service
Information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to children and young people through a network of advocates throughout England and Wales.
Free, confidential support for children and young people.
- Youth Net
The UK’s first exclusively online charity, providing advice, information and support to young people aged 16 to 25.
- National Children’s Bureau
Charity which supports children, young people, families and those who work with them.
- UK Youth Parliament (UKYP)
Run by young people for young people, UKYP provides opportunities for 11-18 year-olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change.
- British Youth Council
Organisation that aims to empower young people aged 25 and under, to have a say and be heard, through training workshops, volunteering opportunities and inspiring campaigns.
- Children’s Commissioner for England
The Commissioner promotes the views of young people. Site allows young people to share their thoughts on a variety of subjects.
- Participation Works
Participation Works is a partnership of six national charities and young people’s agencies which supports organisations to effectively engage children and young people in the development, delivery and evaluation of services that affect their lives.
- Citizenship Foundation
An independent education and participation charity that aims to encourage and enable individuals to engage in democratic society.
- Association for Citizenship Teaching
Resources and information to help deliver Citizenship.
- Right Here, Right Now
Right Here, Right Now is a KS3 resource about human rights, which was published in 2008. It was developed by the Ministry of Justice with the input of a wide range of civil society organisations, NGOs and teachers and includes lesson plans to complement the citizenship curriculum.
School resources on global citizenship, including links to resources from other charities and development agencies.
- UNICEF Rights Respecting Scheme
This scheme places the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of the curriculum, mainly consisting of online courses for teachers and frameworks to implement across your school. This framework can be used to support work on behaviour, sustainable schools, and healthy schools, as well as SEAL and Citizenship learning. Applying for these Awards may be a good way to introduce a Rights Respecting Scheme.
- Amnesty International
Education resources and teacher training on human rights.
This cross-curricular programme uses historical campaigns to inspire and teach campaign skills, enabling children and young people to run their own campaigns about issues that affect them today.
A KS3 resource on transatlantic slavery from the National Maritime Museum.
- Understanding slavery
A partnership of UK museums creating free resources on slavery for KS3 and KS4 students.
- Moving Here
A rich resource about 200 years of migration to the UK, full of audio-visual clips, archive and museum objects.
- Moving People, Changing Places
Information and lesson plans on the impact of migration and diasporas on history, culture, religion, language, traditions and laws, the imagination, emotions and places based on the findings of a five year research project called ‘Diasporas, Migration and Identities’.
- Connections: Hidden British Histories
A major project to explore experiences of and interactions between Asian, Black and Jewish people in modern Britain, and includes an exhibition/website for young people.
- The Tate on image and identity
- Make Poverty History
Schools resources from the Make Poverty History coalition.
- Your Justice Your World
Educational resource from the Ministry of Justice, to help young people from 7 to 16 understand the justice system.
- Holocaust Education Development Programme
Programme working with teachers to transform teaching and learning about the Holocaust.
Last Updated: 17 Dec 2014