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Equality, diversity & inclusion

Equality and diversity: a practical guide for governors


At a glance

This module will ensure your governing board understands the importance of the Equality Act and can use this knowledge to make impactful governance contributions.

You will cover:

what the Equality Act 2010 demands from schools and trusts
practical implications for those governing
how the Act relates to pupils and impacts the recruitment, retention and performance management of staff
how to use this knowledge to make useful governance contributions
Study time

1 hour

Certificate upon completion

Module description

Unit one: Equality and the governing board
It is vital that governing boards understand their responsibility under the Equality Act and the role the board plays in ensuring that their school or trust has an inclusive culture and learning environment. This unit focuses on the fundamentals of the Act, providing an overview of the board’s responsibilities.

Unit two: The Equality Act and pupils
While most actions required under the Act are operational, boards still need to ensure that they are being carried out and resourced appropriately. This unit highlights the board’s duty under the Act in relation to pupils, focusing on areas such as admissions, exclusions and making reasonable adjustments.

Unit three: The Equality Act and the employer
Compliance requires a school or trust-wide approach rooted in an understanding of how the Act affects different aspects of educational settings and what is required of the governing board and staff. This unit looks at how the Act impacts recruitment, retention and the performance management of staff.

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    • “Very well laid out and easy to navigate through all the sections. Information was clearly provided and in a manner that was easy to follow.”


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    • “I liked the direction it gave to governors as to what to look out for, what data we can look at and what questions could be raised. It gave a practical element to what to look out for as a governor.”


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      Who developed this module?

      Adelaide Chitanda
      Adelaide Chitanda

      Senior Advice Officer

      Adelaide provides advice to NGA GOLD members, alongside writing for the website, magazine and weekly newsletter. She is also an EDI lead. Previously she was a research assistant for an insight and intelligence agency specialising in higher education.

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