Outcome 1 – Promote equality & diversity in work with children & young adults.
1.1 Each 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 1995 Protects 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 2005 Places 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 2001 Makes it unlawful for educational providers to discriminate against pupils with a special educational need or a disability.
Race Relations (amendment)
Act 2000 Outlines the duty of organisations to promote good relationships between people from different races.
Human Rights Act 1998 Sets out rights of all individuals & allows them to take action against authorities when their rights have been