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The Equality Act (2010) brought together and replaced all the previous equality legislation (eg Race Relations Act, Sex Discrimination Act and Disability Discrimination Act). Some anomalies and inconsistencies between the different strands of legislation were removed and some areas were clarified. The requirement to publish a Single Equality Policy was replaced with the requirement to publish equality information and objectives. As previously, schools cannot unlawfully discriminate against pupils because of their sex, race, disability, religion or belief and sexual orientation. Protection was also extended to pupils who are pregnant or undergoing gender reassignment.
The Equality Act (2010) introduced the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) which imposes certain duties on public sector organisations (including schools). This Toolkit has been developed to help Lancashire Schools ensure that they comply with this duty. It explains what you are required to do and gives suggestions on how to meet these requirements.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/ publishes advice and guidance for schools.
The Techical Guidance for Schools in England gives detailed guidance on the requirements of the Equality Act (2010). It contains clear examples to show what is and what is not lawful under the act.
The Public Sector Equality Duty Guidance for Schools in England spells out clearly what is required of schools to meet the general duty and gives a range of examples of how schools could do this.