Technical guidance for schools in Scotland

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First published: 01 Apr 2014

This is the cover of Technical guidance for schools in Scotland

Updated 22 September 2023

This guidance was originally published in 2014. It has now been reviewed and updated to ensure its references to the protected characteristics of sex and gender reassignment reflect developments in this complex area of law and policy. These policy areas continue to evolve.

This technical guidance outlines the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 for schools in relation to the provision of education and access to benefits, facilities or services, both educational and non-educational. 

It provides an authoritative, comprehensive and technical guide to the detail of the law. The guidance is aimed at those working in schools, lawyers, advocates, courts and tribunals, and everyone who needs to understand the law in depth or to apply it in practice.

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Updated 22 September 2023:

  • p. 47: Removed FAQ 3.36.
  • p. 49: Amended example 4.7 to add ‘co-educational’. Replaced word ‘sister’ with ‘sibling’ in example 4.8.
  • p. 57: Amended comment on gender segregation in schools.
  • p. 84: Amended definition of gender reassignment.
  • p. 86: Amended definition of sex.
  • p. 87: Amended FAQ 5.131 to refer to protected characteristics of sex and gender reassignment.