What education providers are expected to do

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 Some of the information on this page may be out of date. We are currently writing new guidance to reflect the changes to the law.

Like other public authorities, education providers such as schools, colleges and universities (as well as related organisations like local authority education departments, or education authorities in Scotland) are expected to promote equality of opportunity and eliminate unlawful discrimination – on any grounds.  To find out more about their legal responsibilities to promote equality of opportunity and tackle discrimination, and what they need to do to meet these responsibilities, see advice and guidance for education providers.

Responsibility and liability

The responsibility for ensuring that education providers promote equality and tackle discrimination lies with the ‘responsible body’ for a particular institution. This could be the local authority, school governors or a proprietor. Your school or college will be able to confirm who the responsible body is for them.

Independent schools and colleges

Independent schools and colleges are not necessarily subject to the same legal responsibilities as state education providers. Find out more about the status of independent schools and colleges.

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