Outcome 1 – Promote equality & diversity in work with children & young adults. 1.1Each school must produce a range of policies which formally set out the guidelines & procedures for ensuring equality. These must take account of the rights of all individuals & groups within the school. When considering the way policies work to ensure equality & inclusion, we often just think of the teaching & learning that is happening within the classroom. Policies must also pay regard to the values & practice which are part of all aspects of school life. The rights of all children & young people are stated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989). The UK government ratified the treaty in 1991 & must ensure that the rights of children in the UK are protected through law. The table below lists the relevant legislation, which forms a basis for government statutory codes of practice & frameworks, & school policies & procedures relating to equal opportunity & inclusive practice.
Act 1995Protects rights of all those with disabilities. It also places a duty on schools to eliminate barriers to ensure individuals can gain equal access to services.
Act 2005Places a duty for schools to produce a Disability Equality Scheme (DES) & an access plan. Schools must encourage participation in all aspects of school life & eliminate harassment & unlawful discrimination.
Special Educational Needs &
Disability Act 2001Makes it unlawful for educational providers to discriminate against pupils with a special educational need or a disability.
Race Relations (amendment)
Act 2000Outlines the duty of organisations to promote good relationships between people from different races.
Human Rights Act 1998Sets out rights of all individuals & allows them to take action against authorities when their rights have been affected.
Children Act 1989Sets out the duty of local authorities (including schools) to provide services according to the needs of children & to ensure their safety & welfare.
Children Act 2004Sets out the duty to provide effective & accessible services for all children & underpins the 5 Every Child Matters outcomes.
Education Act 1996Sets out the schools responsibilities toward children with special educational needs. The Act also requires schools to provide additional resources, equipment &/or additional support to meet their needs.
Equality Act 2010Sets out the legal responsibilities of public bodies, including schools, to provide equality of opportunity for all citizens. This brings together 9 equality laws.
The Equality Act 2010 replaced all previous equality legislation such as the Race Relations Act, Disability Discrimination Act and Sex Discrimination Act. It also provides some changes about which schools need to be aware. The Equality Act 2010 provides a single, consolidated source of discrimination law, covering all the types of discrimination that are unlawful. It simplifies the law by removing anomalies and inconsistencies that had developed over time in the existing legislation, and it extends the protection from discrimination in certain areas. As far as schools are concerned, for the most part, the effect of the new 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 and sexual orientation. Protection is now extended to pupils who are pregnant or undergoing gender reassignment
1.2 It is important to support participation and equality of access so that every pupil has the same opportunities offered to them regardless of personal background. In order for us to achieve this we must involve the children in finding out what works well in school and what doesn’t. I believe that involving the...