The new Act consolidates the law, but also contains important new provisions that schools managers should take on board, says Tony Hyams-Parish

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All workplaces must make ‘reasonable adjustments’ so that staff with disabilities are not hampered in their work, and schools are no exception. This issue shows how you can help to support disability equality for staff in your school, and who can provide you with the advice and funding to do this

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Sarah Houston looks at proposed changes to the equalities law in terms of it’s affect on employment within the education sector

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Susie Roome discusses your responsibilities and obligations towards disabled pupils, and how recent case law may assist in successfully defending these challenges

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Boys and girls learn differently, as Steve Mynard discovered first hand when teaching five-year-old children. Here he explains how equal opportunities in school can be achieved by acknowledging gender differences in school

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Steve Mynard considers gender differences in schools by looking at the social, emotional, intellectual and physical contrasts to bear in mind when teaching boys and girls. He explains we may need to treat them differently in order to give equal opportunities in school to both sexes

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Michael Segal discusses a case where religious dress was thought to interfere with teaching, clarifying a school’s legal position in this situation somewhat

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Upholding a school’s uniform policy can be difficult legally, in terms of religion and race discrimination of pupils. Richard Gold looks at some example cases, in order to explain the relevant legislation

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What is a school’s legal position when it comes to the education of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children, and how do teachers protect their education? Michael Segal discusses

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Current research indicates that a significantly large proportion of females from ethnic minorities, particularly South Asian communities, are failing to participate in physical activity in the UK. Samaya Farooq and Gerald Griggs share their research

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You can monitor policy and promote community cohesion at your school using a number of effective initiatives. Mary Martin, deputy principal and director of training and research at Comberton Village College, Cambridge, explains her methods

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Gender equality is a complex issue for schools, writes Michele Paule, as she looks at the gender equality issues that schools and curriculum mangers have had to address since the gender equality duty

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This free resource looks at the National Healthy School Standard (NHSS) programme, and the objectives relevant to the promotion of racial equality in schools

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This free resource outlines the first two recommended steps in evaluating your school for improvement

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This resource will help develop students’ understanding of stereotyping and the consequences and impact it can have on the people involved

How should we react to charity appeals − particularly those that we see on television? This PSHE secondary assembly compares the different public responses to the recent disasters in Burma and China and asks how we should respond

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This whole-school assembly looks at equality with reference to the suffrage movement, specifically the part played by Emily Davison atthe 1913 Epsom Derby suicide

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The issue of sexual equality is explored in this secondary assembly, using the example of female scientists and the problems they may experience within their chosen career – notably the dilemmas of a work-life balance. It challenges listeners to consider their own priorities

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Last week, Yves Rossy became the first person to fly with body-mounted wings under jet power, not just holding level flight but climbing for a short while. This assembly celebrates man’s desire to fly like the birds read more

Well known violinist, Philippe Quint, left a Stradivarius violin in a New York Taxi. He was frantic, until it was returned to him next day by the taxi driver

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Martin Luther King was assassinated forty years ago (in 2008). This assembly for secondary schools commemorates his life and aims to teach pupils about his goal to eliminate inequality

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This week’s activities take examples from recent news to encourage pupils to think about the sounds that are all around them and the power of community read more

What does the word loyalty mean to your students? This assembly looks at this issue of loyalty, drawing on the recent call for pupils to pledge allegiance to the Queen

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What are schools’ legal obligations regarding school uniform? Legal Expertise answers your questions

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Headteacher David Dixon takes a close look at the philosophy behind elective home education, enshrined in a recent consultation document on guidelines to cover this parental option

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When is exclusion for serious misconduct justified, and how careful must a headteacher be in excluding a pupil? read more

In 1992 South Africa was allowed back into world sport. The reborn sporting nation has had remarkable national team success and has hosted major sports events – but is it being matched by integration? Chris Green reports

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Yvonne Spencer looks at a broad scheme to improve outcomes — and explains its effect on local authorities and schools read more

How can a school best strike a balance between its uniform policy and its pupils’ right to manifest their religion or belief?

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Is it possible to create a more ‘gender balanced’ learning environment? Natalie Griffiths explains how she investigated the effect of gender on learning in the D&T classroom and developed strategies to benefit pupils of both sexes read more

A school’s approach to internal disputes is a test of its commitment to justice, equity and peace. Jeremy Cunningham shows how schools can ensure ‘just’ disciplinary procedures, which are compatible with Human Rights Act, ECM and the Healthy Schools Standard, and can be applied across the school

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History can help young people to see the ‘big picture’ about enslavement, says E Kay Traille read more

Cultural diversity calls for comprehensive policy. But what if it doesn’t cover the case at hand? Use common sense and consultation, says Michael Brotherton

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All primary schools must have a disability equality scheme in place by December 2007. Margaret Collins offers some practical suggestions to help you meet the challenge

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Professor Kay Hampton looks back on what has been achieved since the Macpherson report, and sets out the contents of a good race equality policy read more

Schools can develop strategies to improve fairness and freedom in terms of their students’ future education and employment opprtunities, says Diane Bebbington

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The underachievement of disadvantaged gifted and talented young people is a major concern. Nik Miller and Alison Rowan explain how the Goal project is helping read more

What’s an acceptable collective term for all the school business managers, administrators, catering staff, HR professionals, caretakers, secretaries and everyone else other than teachers? read more

Physical disparity is acceptable where players are the same age, says an authoritative new case – Kris Lines reports read more

Teaching citizenship helps children to understand rights and responsibilities – their own and others’ – as well as how society works and how they can play an active role. Margaret Collins discusses, suggesting ways in which she believes schools can help to make society a better place

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A useful update on the current law regarding discrimination is provided by Patti Turner

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Diversity and Citizenship in the Curriculum: Research Review is a recent DfES research briefing that looks at the way in which citizenship and diversity is taught across the curriculum. read more

David Watkins argues that homophobia is something we should talk about and offers practical advice for creating LGBT-inclusive schools.

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New maternity and flexible working rights mean employers must brush up on the law, says Derek Eccleston

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Mark Jennett clarifies why schools and colleges need to talk about homosexuality. read more

What should employers do when faced with requests for allowances to be made at work on religious grounds? Helen Badger takes a look at the law

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Currently just 15.7% of all primary school teachers in England are men, yet 83% of parents would like to see more male primary teacherd. Why so few and why so great a desire for more? Former headteacher and education writer Steve Mynard finds out…

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Kris Lines takes the story of a girl who wanted to play mixed football after the age of 12, and explains its implications across the spectrum of school sport.

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We all have policies; we monitor them, we evaluate them and every year or so we review them. Lynn Cousins suggests a different approach. read more

In his regular column, Dr Graham Haydon argues that in responding to multiculturalism, we need to think hard about the idea of culture.

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