Equipped for equality

A guide to what schools can and can’t do in the name of equality and human rights

Christian teachers, parents and pupils are increasingly facing difficulties as the education system becomes more secular. Pressure groups with their own agendas are approaching schools offering advice, training and resources. Often this is backed up with vague appeals to the ‘Equality Act’ to make schools feel they have no alternative but to follow the advice given.

This short guide sets out to debunk the myths surrounding what schools in England, Wales and Scotland are required to do because of the Equality Act 2010. It also spells out the protections both the Equality Act and the Human Rights Act 1998 afford to religious pupils and parents.

This guide is written primarily for parents and pupils, although others will find it very useful.

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