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Equalities Update for Hertfordshire Schools - Spring 2015

The Equality Act 2010, strengthens previous legislation in important ways to help tackle discrimination; and provides a legislative framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all. This Equalities Update aims to provide you with an overview of the Equality Act 2010, and convey as accurately as possible the official advice and guidance published by the Department for Education (DfE), the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the Government Equalities Office (GEO).

It contains information about

  • The Equality Act 2010 - an overview
  • Protected Characteristics
  • The General Duty
  • Specific duties
  • Ofsted 2012
  • Useful actions to take
Hertfordshire Equality Update for Schools Spring 2015

Equality and Human Rights Commission: Public Sector Equality Duty: Technical Guidance for Schools in England

Published in November 2012 this is a practical guide that illustrates how the Equality Duty can help schools to raise attainment, tackle bullying and improve behaviour. The guide features a series of short practical case studies and FAQs to help make it more hassle-free for schools to meet their Equality Duty. Download from:



With regard to Equalities Act 2010, schools are required to undertake an assessment of their sites for accessibility.



New Guidance on the Equality Act 2010

Important new guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission in relation to the Equality Act 2010:

Equalities Update for Hertfordshire Schools

Hertfordshire Equality Update for Schools Spring 2009


Equality and Diversity - A Service Delivery Toolkit for Schools

This Toolkit has been commissioned by Hertfordshire CSF as part of its commitment to equality and diversity. The purpose of the Toolkit is to provide schools with the information and tools they need to prepare their equality scheme(s) and implement their action plans effectively.

Equality and Diversity Toolkit

This form is provided to assist schools in developing either a single equalities policy or individual equality policies within their statutory duties for disability, gender and race. The form can be adapted to suit your own school's context and needs.

Equality and Diversity - School Equality Scheme Form


Preventing and Dealing with Racist Incidents

All schools should have received a printed copy of the revised County guidance 'Preventing and Dealing with Racist Incidents: A toolkit for Hertfordshire schools'. The pack will also include 2 versions of the document on CD: one for governors, one for staff.

This guidance completely replaces the 2001 guidance. The executive summary details the key changes within the document and the locations at which these can be found. In particular there is significant change with regard to the notification of "serious racist incidents" that schools are recommended to ensure they access without delay.

Hate Crime Officers - Paragraph 15 Update


Managing a Diverse Workforce - A Toolkit for Schools

This toolkit updates the Promoting Diversity in Schools Toolkit (2005). It is aimed at helping governors and school managers create and manage a diverse workforce and to ensure that equality and diversity are integral to all aspects of the school's employment practice. It is designed as toolkit to dip in and out of as issues arise.

A single copy of the full pack will be provided to all Hertfordshire schools. It includes a printed booklet, a CD for staff use and a CD for governor use. The CD includes some supplementary reference material.


Developing the Equalities Agenda, 2008 and Beyond:
The Duties of Schools and Local Authorities

The following papers were provided at the DCSF seminar detailed above. The department is in the process of considering its advice to schools on the equalities agenda. These papers may be helpful to schools in developing their own equalities scheme(s).


A Sample Policy Framework for Promoting Race Equality for Early Years Settings

This is the lastest draft copy of the Race Equality Scheme Framework For Early Years settings. Printed copies will be available in due course.


Model Race Equality Policy for Schools

The CSF0055 Model Race Equality Policy for Schools which can be adapted for use by schools can be downloaded from: