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The Equality Act 2010 replaced nine major Acts of Parliament and almost a hundred sets of regulations which had been introduced over several decades. It provides a single, consolidated source of discrimination law, covering all the types of discrimination that are unlawful. It simplifies the law by getting rid of anomalies and inconsistencies that had developed over time, and it extends protection against discrimination in certain areas.

The Act makes it unlawful for the responsible body of a school to discriminate against, harass or victimise a pupil or potential pupil:
 in relation to admissions,
 in the way it provides education for pupils,
 in the way it provides pupils access to any benefit, facility or service, or
 by excluding a pupil or subjecting them to any other detriment.

It is unlawful for a school to discriminate against a pupil or prospective pupil by treating them less favourably because of their:

 sex
 race
 disability
 religion or belief
 sexual orientation
 gender reassignment
 pregnancy or maternity

You can follow the link below to access the full document Equality Act- Advice for schools:


Within our governing body we have a key member responsible for Equality- this is Mrs C. Farias-Fagg. She meets regularly with the head teacher to evaluate the current policy, targets and attends training to keep abreast of any new guidance.

Rothwell St Mary’s Basic Characteristics-

The table below details our Ethnic Groups for 2019-2020:

Equality target for 2019-2020:

Intent: To maintain and improve upon the already high quality and accessible learning environment for all pupils.
  • To become a dyslexia friendly school
  • To increase all professional’s knowledge and skills in identifying needs
  • To provide up to date and relevant CPD for all staff within school
  • To improve accessible resources for pupils with SEND in school

Below are links to policies which link to the Equality Act:

Accessibility Plan for Disabled Pupils 2019

behaviour Policy Nov 2018

Guidance on the right of withdrawal from

SEND Local Offer 2019 Sept

SEND Policy 2019 Sept

Work and Families Policy for School Based Staff (July 2016)

Click the links to view admissions policy: