Single Equality Scheme:
The Equality Act 2010 introduced a single Public Sector Equality Duty that applies to public bodies, including maintained schools and Academies, and extends to certain protected characteristics. This combined equality duty came into effect in April 2011. It has three main elements. In carrying out their functions, public bodies are required to have due regard to the need to:
- eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act;
- advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it;
- foster good relations across all characteristics - between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
It is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of their protected characteristics, which are:
- gender reassignment;
- being married or in a civil partnership;
- being pregnant or on maternity leave;
- ethnic group including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin;
- religion or belief;
- sexual orientation.
Below is a copy of our policy.