The Protected Characteristics
What do protected characteristics cover?
Britain is a diverse and multicultural country that is rich in tradition and culture. Regardless of the type of school pupils attend, it is imperative that they gain a real understanding and appreciation of others, their cultures, traditions, and ways of life. Ofsted wants to assess how effectively schools can provide young people with an understanding of our diverse society, and the ability to co-exist with a range of people.
The protected characteristics as outlined by the 2010 Equality Act include:
- gender reassignment
- marriage and civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
Public Sector Equality Duty
This duty aims to:
- eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Equality Act 2010
- advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
- foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it