The Equality Act 2010 brings together for the first time all the legal requirements on equality that the private, public and voluntary sectors need to follow. It affects equality law at work and in delivery all kinds of services and in the context of this policy in all aspects of the provision of an education.
The Equality Act 2010 replaces all the existing equality law including:
- The Equal Pay Act 1970 The Sex Discrimination Act 1975
- The Race Relations Act 1976
- The Disability Discrimination Act 1995
Whether at work as an employee or in using a service, the message (or purpose) of the Act is that everyone has the right to be treated fairly at work or when using services.
The Act protects people from discrimination on the basis of certain characteristics and they vary slightly according to whether the person is at work or using a service.
There are NINE ‘protected characteristics’ employees might have. They are:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage or Civil Partnership
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sex (gender)
- Sexual orientation
Equality of opportunity is a fundamental aspect of the ethos at Woodlands Infant and Nursery School. It is the responsibility of the governors, Executive Headteacher and all personnel involved in the school to provide leadership in the development and implementation of effective policies to promote equality of opportunity.