Protected Characteristics

The Equality Act came into force in 2010 to protect everyone, including children and young people, from discrimination and to advance equality and opportunity for all. It protects people against discrimination, harassment and victimisation in relation to housing, education, the provision of services, work and other areas of public life. It prohibits discrimination based on the following characteristics, usually referred to as ‘protected characteristics’:
  • Age;
  • Disability;
  • Gender reassignment;
  • Marriage and civil partnership;
  • Pregnancy and maternity;
  • Race;
  • Religion or belief;
  • Sex;
  • Sexual orientation.
Under Section 149 of the Act, schools have a duty to take active steps to eliminate discrimination and to take positive actions to promote equality.
At St Paul's, we actively promote the protected characteristics our curriculum and work to embed them into our ethos, striving to ensure:
  • There are no outsiders in our school;
  • Everyone is different and unique;
  • We embrace difference and diversity;
  • Every member of our school community is valued equally.