Introduction to the Equality Act 2010 and The Toolkit
Over recent years, equalities-based legislation has required schools to have in place a Race Equality Policy and Equality Schemes covering both Disability and Gender Equality. However, the Equality Act 2010 requires all schools to meet an extended Single Equality Duty (known as The Public Sector Equality Duty).
The Public Sector Equality Duty requires all schools to meet a significant positive statutory duty in the areas of: Age, Disability, Gender Reassignment, Marriage and Civil Partnership, Pregnancy and Maternity, Race, Religion or Belief, Sex, Sexual Orientation.
In addition, the Ofsted school inspection framework continues to make important provision for the inspection of equality and diversity.
To download your copy of the key actions that the Public Sector Equality Duty requires of schools, click the button below:
The Equality and Community Cohesion Duties Toolkit for Schools
We have used our wealth of experience of working in the Equality and Diversity field within the education sector to produce The Equality and Community Cohesion Duties Toolkits for Schools. The Toolkit offers comprehensive, step-by-step, practical guidance and support that schools can use to implement and manage their responses to the Duties on an ongoing basis. This is a comprehensive Toolkit which provides a full compliment of templates, planning guidance and practical resources that schools can use to plan, develop, produce and manage Single Equality and Community Cohesion Schemes/Plans on an ongoing basis.
The Toolkit will:-
- Save you the significant amount of time it would otherwise take to investigate and develop your school’s own processes for developing your Equality Schemes/Plans and Equality Impact Assessments.
- Provide you with a comprehensive set of resources which guide you step-by-step through the entire process of responding to the Equality and Community Cohesion Duties, offering practical, clear and comprehensive advice.
- Enable you to simply and effectively manage the whole Equality Schemes/Plans development process and the Equality Impact Assessment process from start to finish.
- Provide you with a full compliment of templates and guidance to use within your own school.
- Allow you to save and use the provided templates and guidance to your own school’s intranet or as many PCs as you require.
- Provide you with an ongoing online support facility enabling you to ask us your own specific questions regarding any aspect of the Equality and Community Cohesion Duties – you will receive personal responses to every question you raise.
- Provide you with an online forum for finding out what other schools are doing in this area and viewing the documents developed by other schools.
- Allow you to use the resources provided with as many staff and governors as you wish.
NB. We are also able to offer comprehensive training workshops for your staff and governors covering the Duties.
If you would like to discuss the Duties and/or the Toolkit in detail, please do not hesitate to contact us – we will be most happy to discuss the issues with you. This is a service provided free of charge and with no obligation.
Note: The Toolkit is available in both CD-ROM and Online formats. The reason for offering two different formats is simply so that a choice exists for you to choose your own preferred format. You should be aware that, by its nature, a CD-ROM will contain ‘fixed content’ (i.e. this is the content that is loaded on to the CD disc at a particular point in time), whereas the content of the Online format is regularly updated. Therefore, as stated throughout all of our literature concerning this publication, we suggest that you opt to use the Online format so that you can be assured you are accessing the most up-to-date version – this is particularly relevant to sections 9 and 10 of this publication which are only available Online because examples of good practice and Frequently Asked Questions are regularly added as they become available. We recognise that some may prefer to use the CD-ROM format and would note that the CD-ROM also provides a direct link for you to access the Online publication where you have an internet connection. Should you prefer the CD-ROM format, please be aware that it is designed to run on PC.
Daniel Wood Chartered FCIPD, Daniel Wood Associates, 1 Cottonwood Drive, Longwell Green, Bristol. BS30 9UF.
Tel. 0117 9323826; email.