Equality and Diversity in Education

Equality and diversity goes hand in hand with the UK, especially in the major cities and the capital London. You can see that there are many different types of people living alongside each other as a collective community in the UK. The Equality Act 2010 was created to offer legal protection to those people with one or more of‘protected characteristics’ including, age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religions or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Although we still have ways to go globally in both equality and diversity, the UK is a leader in both. Naturally, who makes up the population in any given area will depend on the people that reside there, more diversity tends to be in the cities as compared to the more rural and country areas. This reflects on the education population as well, however admission to any education institution is not dependant on discriminatory factors. Admission to public schooling is only dependant on catchment areas, which means that each school has an area around its perimeter up to a certain distance where everyone within that area can apply to the schools. This is for public school, private schools incur private costs so their guidelines for admission are slightly different but again these are not allowed to be for discriminatory reasons based on gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability etc.

Multiculturalism, equality and diversity is about ensuring that all individuals are treated fairly and equally, it’s about recognising and respecting the differences we have to create an environment where everyone is welcome. Promoting this in education is vital for both teachers and students. The objective is to create a classroom environment where all students can learn and thrive together, understanding how to respect and embrace different people. By encouraging this mentality it leads them to entering society as a teenage and adult with a healthy mindset.