Promoting the Protected Characteristics at Nanpean School

The Equality Act became law in 2010. It covers everyone in Britain and protects people from discrimination, harassment and victimisation. Everyone in Britain is protected. This is because the Equality Act protects people against discrimination because of the protected characteristics that we all have. Under the Equality Act, there are nine Protected Characteristics:

  1.     Age
  2.     Disability
  3.     Gender reassignment
  4.     Race
  5.     Religion or belief
  6.     Marriage or civil partnership
  7.     Sex
  8.     Sexual orientation
  9.     Pregnancy and maternity

Under the Equality Act you are protected from discrimination:

  •          When you are in the workplace
  •          When you use public services like healthcare (for example, visiting your doctor or local hospital) or education (for example, at your school or college)
  •          When you use businesses and other organisations that provide services and goods (like shops, restaurants, and cinemas)
  •          When you use transport
  •          When you join a club or association (for example, your local rugby club)
  •          When you have contact with public bodies like your local council or government departments


We work to ensure that our children understand that there are no outsiders and that we are all equal at Nanpean School. This is done through educating the children that everyone is different, and we celebrate those differences.

The nine characteristics are actively promoted through our school aims, values and vision statement, and through role modelling by adults in school. Assemblies focus on the protected characteristics at appropriate times, and we actively promote British Values during assemblies and with appropriate links to the Curriculum subjects. Links are also made on our school development plan, when appropriate, and many of these protected characteristics are referred to regularly during Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) and Religious Education (RE) lessons.