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Protected Characteristics

At St James, we work to ensure that our children understand that:

  • There are no outsiders at St James
  • Everyone is difference and everyone is special
  • We celebrate our differences
  • We are all equal in our differences.

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:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Marriage or civil partnership
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • 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 tennis club)
  • When you have contact with public bodies like your local council or government departments

 At St James, the 9 Protected Characteristics are actively promoted in school through:

  • Our school rules
  • Our school core values and ethos
  • Our school behaviour policy
  • Conscious role modelling by all adults in the school community
  • Active engagement and communication with parents and carers
  • Assemblies
  • British Values embedded within the curriculum and covered in picture news assemblies
  • Promoting articulation by building appropriate language and a coherent vocabulary
  • Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) sessions
  • Religious Education (RE) lessons, RSE lessons
  • Sporting, Art and Cultural Events
  • Pupil Voice
  • Inclusion Charter
  • Educational visits
  • Real-life learning outside the classroom
  • Developing links with local, national and international communities
  • Extra-curricular activities, after-school clubs, charity work and work within the local community