Module Two discusses the key legislation surrounding the development of important equality and diversity policy in the UK. There is particular attention paid to the Equality Act 2010 and its importance and application in schools with information on OFSTED policies and expectations for schools.

Key Legislation for Equality & Diversity

Select the arrows to the left of each piece of important equality and diversity legislation in the accordion below to receive an overview and connection to current guidance for this subject:

The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 replaced nine major pieces of legislation and should make it easier for school leaders and governors to understand their legal responsibilities and tackle inequalities in education. Bill Bolloten explains

In his first annual report as chief inspector of education, published in November, Sir Michael Wilshaw wrote: “In the most effective schools, the headteacher and governors establish a clear vision, rooted in an unwavering commitment to ensure the success of every pupil. Equality of opportunity is at the heart of this vision, with an insistence that all pupils will do well.”

In England and Wales the Act applies to all maintained and independent schools, as well as academies and free schools.

Several clarifications and applications of the Equality Act 2010 are represented below by images with accompanying text underneath. Learn about each point of this legislation by slowly dragging the selector to the right until you have familiarised yourself with all three systems:

Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice 2014

The SEND Code of Practice is statutory guidance for organisations that work with and support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. It sets out duties, policies and procedures relating to Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 and associated regulations, and it applies to England. 

In 2014, The Children and Families Act reformed legislation relating to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities – also referred to as SEND. The SEND Code of Practice clearly explains the actions that mainstream schools should take to meet their duties in relation to identifying and supporting children with SEND, enabling them to make progress so that they can achieve their very best and become confident individuals leading fulfilling lives.

OFSTED and School Policies

Now let’s take a look at the position of OFSTED and guidance for forming school policies of equality and diversity. Select the left and right arrows underneath the image to advance through key areas of information contained on each the slides: