The Equality Act 2010 replaced nine major Acts of Parliament and almost a hundred sets of regulations which had been introduced over several decades. It provides a single, consolidated source of discrimination law, covering all the types of discrimination that are unlawful. It simplifies the law by getting rid of anomalies and inconsistencies that had developed over time, and it extends protection against discrimination in certain areas.
The Equality Act 2010 provides a single, consolidated source of discrimination law. It simplifies the law and it extends protection from discrimination in some areas. As far as schools are concerned, for the most part, the effect of the current law is the same as it has been in the past – meaning that schools cannot unlawfully discriminate against pupils because of their sex, race, disability, religion or belief or sexual orientation. The exceptions to the discrimination provisions for schools are all replicated in the current act – such as the content of the curriculum, collective worship and admissions to single sex schools and schools of a religious character.
The General Equality Duty
This came into force on 5 April 2011.
In the exercise of their functions, public authorities in England, Scotland and Wales must have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other unlawful conduct in the Equality Act 2010
- Advance equality of opportunity
- Foster good relations
Zaytouna Primary School supports and adheres to The Equality Act 2010 and the public sector equality duty.