Are independent or private schools subject to these duties?

New law in force

The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.

Private or independent schools are not required to comply with the equality duties, although they are strongly encouraged to do so as it will help them to establish and maintain good practice in promoting equality. It is unlawful for private and independent schools to discriminate on grounds of race, sex, disability or sexual orientation in admissions, access to benefits or services, exclusions, and in the employment of staff. There are some limited exceptions related to religion and belief.


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