A new Equalities Act came into force in April 2011
The effect of the new law is the same as it has been in the past – meaning that schools cannot unlawfully discriminate against pupils because of their sex, race, disability, religion or belief and sexual orientation.
There are three main aims of the new equalities duty that are relevant to schools:
1) Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
2) Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
3) Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
At Mildenhall College Academy we welcome this new legislation and see it as an opportunity to champion the excellent work we do to promote equality. However, we also recognise that the process of ensuring equality of opportunity is an ongoing challenge that must meet the needs of an ever changing wider community.
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