Equalities in Education
Equalities in Education

Latest IEDP newsletter: Click here for the Institute of Equality and Diversity Professionals (IEDP)'s latest newsletter Number 65 November 2018 


Previous IEDP newsletters: Here are some of the IEDP's previous newsletters Number 63 October 2018  Number 62 September 2018  Number 60 June 2018 Number 59 May 2018 Number 58 April 2018 Number 57 March 2018 Number 56 February 2018  Number 55 January 2018 Number 54 December 2017 Number 53 November 2017  Number 52 October 2017  Number 51 September 2017  Number 50 June 2017 Number 49 March 2017 Number 48 February 2017 Number 47 January 2017 Number 46 november 2016 Number 45 September 2016 Number 44 June 2016  Number 43 April 2016  Number 42 March 2016 Number 41 January 2016 Number 40 November 2015 Number 39 September 2015 Number 38 July 2015  


General Equalities and Human Rights information

  • The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) website is a useful starting point
  • The Government Equalities Office (GEO) is now part of The Home Office and there is an equalities section on their website
  • A very useful website for equalities in the context of education, particularly race and religion or belief, is Insted Consultancy, which has background papers by Robin Richardson on a range of relevant subjects and also links to useful classroom resources
  • ACAS has produced some basic guidance on The Equality Act 2010 for employers, and also a video explaining dthe different forms of discrimination and the nine protected characteristics covered by the Act
  • Equaliteach is a not-for-profit equality training and consultancy organisation which works with education settings in the UK. They have some useful resources for schools on their website.





  • The EHRC has a page about disability equality with basic information and advice on it
  • A very useful website is World of Inclusion, which is produced by disability equality consultant Richard Rieser  and has a lot of downloadable resources on it, many developed by his previous organisation Disability Equality in Education (DEE).
  • Historic England has produced a web resource on disability history called Disability in Time and Place, developed by Simon Jarrett




Gender identity (trans equality)

Note: The Equality Act 2010 lists 'gender reassignment' as one of the protected characteristics. This is defined as people who 'are considering, undergoing or have undergone gender reassignment'. 'Trans' is a wider umbrella term and also encompasses, for example, people who are gender fluid, and people who reject the idea of two distinct genders. I have therefore used 'gender identity' in preference to 'gender reassignment' so as to include the full range of trans people.


Marriage and civil partnership


Pregnancy and maternity



  • The Runnymede Trust  website contains a lot of useful information about race equality
  • The Education Scotland has some useful advice and resources for schools on race equality 
  • Insted Consultancy has a lot of valuable information in its race equality section, especially the page suggesting classroom resources and activities
  • One website with useful biographical information about Black British people (historical and contemporary) is 100 Black Britons
  • The Race Equality Foundation is an active organisation promoting race equality in health, housing and social care
  • Race on the Agenda (ROTA) is a social policy research organisation that focuses on issues impacting on Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, particularly those relating to health, education and criminal justice
  • The Refugee Council's website has a useful Children's Section
  • Friends, Families and Travellers is a charity that challenges racism against people of  Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT|) heritage


Religion or belief


Sexual orientation


Special occasions

There are a number of special events, days and anniversaries throughout the year which are useful in highlighting particular protected characteristics and under-represented or disadvantaged groups. Some of these events are more well known and well established than others; some are international and others are UK based. Click on the links for further information. These are some that I know about - please email me if you know of others that I could add.