Equality and Diversity in Education

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 18:00 in Discussion Forums

Where: Hilton Hotel, 303 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4LQ

Abstract

In his talk this evening Robin will outline the practical implications for schools and local authorities of the Equality Act 2010, bearing in mind not only the letter of the law but also its spirit and the principles underlying it. At first sight, the requirements may seem rather overwhelming, for they involve a wide range of strands and concerns, including age, disability, ethnicity and race, gender, gender identity and reassignment, pregnancy, religion and belief, and sexual identity and orientation. The talk will therefore concentrate on how the requirements can be made manageable, and be part of overall programmes of educational improvement. It will refer in particular at one stage to the equality strand concerned with religion and belief. There is background information about Insted’s perspective on equalities in education at http://www.insted.co.uk/equalities.html.

Biography

Robin Richardson is a director of the Insted consultancy (www.insted.co.uk). He has worked in education as a teacher, adviser and chief inspector and in the equalities field as director of the Runnymede Trust. He is the author or editor of many publications, including Daring to be a Teacher (1990) and In Praise of Teachers (2002). More recently he is the co-author with Berenice Miles of Racist Incidents and Bullying in Schools: how to prevent them and how to respond when they happen, published in 2008. His two most recent publications are Holding Together: equalities, difference and cohesion and Young, Muslim and Citizen: identity, empowerment and change, both in 2009. Over the last three years he has worked frequently for the Department for Education and its predecessors as a consultant on equality impact assessments.

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