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Protected characteristics

At Woodlands, we teach children  that we all have characteristics and that 9 are protected.

The Equality Act became law in 2010. It covers everyone in Britain and protects people from discrimination, harassment and victimisation because of the protected characteristics that we all have.

Under the Equality Act, these are nine protected characteristics:

  1. Age
  2. Disability
  3. Gender reassignment
  4. Race - including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
  5. Religion or belief
  6. Marriage or civil partnership
  7. Sex
  8. Sexual orientation
  9. Pregnancy and maternity

No form of discrimination is tolerated at Woodlands Primary School, and we respect for those who share the protected characteristics. 

We do not teach about all the protected characteristics in every year group. The curriculum is planned and delivered so that our pupils develop age appropriate knowledge and understanding during their time at Woodlands Primary School. 

The 9 Protected Characteristics are actively promoted in school through:
•Our school vision  and our school improvement work
•Our school core values
•Our school behaviour policy
•Conscious role modelling by all adults in the school community
•Active engagement and communication with parents and carers

•Within our Million Dreams curriculum subjects ensuring we are inclusive and diverse
•Modelling and teaching appropriate vocabulary
•Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) sessions

•Religious Education (RE) lessons, RSE lessons,
•Pupil Voice opportunities
•Educational visits
•School council
•Extra-curricular activities, after-school clubs, charity work and work within the local community

Find out about the WIRE award here

This year we are applying for The Rights Respecting Schools Award from UNICEF.

As part of school improvement, we will be developing all children and staff as Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champions through workshops and challenges across the year.

Here is an example of an assembly promoting the protected characteristics: