Equality and inclusion
Equality requirements and procedures
- Accessibility plan: requirements Your school must have an accessibility plan. Find out what your plan needs to include, and follow our step-by-step guide to make sure you stay compliant.
- Accessibility plans: audit checklists Get guidance on carrying out an accessibility audit as part of your duty to have an accessibility plan. Find out who to consult and see examples from schools and local councils.
- Daily collective worship: requirements and guidance Find out about your requirements for providing collective worship and how to go about holding it. Be clear on whether pupils and teachers can withdraw.
- Equality Act 2010 Schools have specific duties under the Equality Act 2010. Be clear on how the Act protects people and what your duties are.
- Equality Act 2010: reasonable adjustments Understand how to provide reasonable adjustments for pupils, staff and parents/carers with disabilities - including for school trips and after-school clubs.
- Equality impact assessment: template and guidance Download and adapt our template equality impact assessment (EIA) to help you account for equality when writing or reviewing your policies.
- Gender pay gap reporting: template and requirements If you have more than 250 employees in your school, you need to publish and report specific figures about your school's gender pay gap. Find out how to calculate the figures and use our template to present your data.
- Single equality schemes: examples You're no longer required to produce a single equality scheme, but may still find it useful to do so. See examples from primaries, secondaries and special schools.
- The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) in schools Schools are required to comply with the PSED. Understand what that means and find out the information your school could publish to demonstrate compliance. You can also see examples from primary, secondary and special schools.
Specific equality considerations
- Anti-racist reading lists for staff To create an anti-racist curriculum and teach in a way that's truly inclusive, you and your staff need to first understand the issues. These books and resources should support you on this journey.
- Create an anti-racism action plan to suit your school community Find out how feedback from your school community should inform your anti-racism action plan, so you can address the specific problems faced in your school. Learn how to set specific objectives, meaningful actions and achievable milestones, and how to measure progress so you know your school's on the right track.
- How to improve diversity in children’s books to support an anti-racist curriculum Only 4% of British children’s books published in 2018 featured a main character from a BAME background. Improve representation and diversity in your school library and classrooms, so that they reflect the society we live in, and BAME pupils feel represented and valued.
- How to involve your community in your anti-racism work Set up a working group to create a safe space for staff and parents to share their perspectives on your school's approach to inclusivity, so you can tackle racism in your community from an informed position.
- How to lead whole-school discussions about racism and whiteness Find out how to develop your understanding of racism and whiteness so you can increase awareness of these issues and encourage productive discussions in your school.
- How to talk to pupils about racism Help pupils find the words and the confidence to have difficult conversations about race and racism. Get guidance on preparing teachers and pupils for these conversations, and find resources to support their learning.
- Income deprivation affecting children index (IDACI) Find out what the income deprivation affecting children index (IDACI) is and how it relates to your school's funding.
- LGBTQ+ reading lists for staff Take a look at recommended resources to help educate yourself and your staff about LGBTQ+ issues. You can use these ideas to improve your understanding of gender and sexuality, and make your school more inclusive.
- Whole school anti-racism audit Reflect on how inclusive your school currently is for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) staff, pupils and parents, and take the first steps to improving it.
- Whole-school audit: gender and LGBTQ+ inclusivity Use our audit to take your first steps towards embedding a school culture that celebrates different genders and sexualities, and creating an environment where all pupils feel safe and valued.