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.