What is the Equality Act?

A new Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. The Equality Act
brings together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act.
Combined, they make up a new Act that provides a legal framework to protect the
rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all.

At Thompson Primary School we seek to protect individuals from unfair
treatment and promote a fair and equal society. The school has a Single Equality
Scheme in the school policy section of the website and an Access Plan available
from the school office, but in summary the nine main pieces of legislation that
have merged and give the context to our policy are:

  • the Equal Pay Act 1970
  • the Sex Discrimination Act 1975
  • the Race Relations Act 1976
  • the Disability Discrimination Act 1995
  • the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003
  • the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003
  • the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006
  • the Equality Act 2006, Part 2
  • the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007

View the full Equality Act 2010 on the Office of Public SectorInformation website.

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