Tackling discrimination and promoting equality
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.
- Are independent or private schools subject to these duties?
- Additional action to promote equality in education and training
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.
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Last Updated: 02 Jul 2009