GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Equality and Diversity Hub

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Our schools and learning communities are enriched with a diverse mix of people with different experiences and from different cultures and backgrounds. GTC Scotland has developed this Equality and Diversity Hub to support teachers to:

  • develop their professional knowledge and understanding of equality and diversity;
  • engage with their professional requirement to promote equality and diversity; and,
  • challenge any inequalities or forms of discrimination they encounter.

The resources available in this Hub are to support teacher professionalism and professional learning and are not learning and teaching resources for the classroom. By gaining greater knowledge and understanding of all types of bias teachers can then consider any necessary changes to their learning environment, their employers' policies and practice, and their learning and teaching materials to support equality and diversity.

GTC Scotland is very grateful for the contributions of our partners in collating materials and providing feedback on our professional learning modules. Should you have additional materials or suggestions for improvement please contact us at communications@gtcs.org.uk. Please note, GTC Scotland is not responsible for the content of external websites.


Equality and Diversity: A Guide for Teachers


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GTC Scotland has created this guide to provide support for teachers to reflect on their understanding of equality and diversity and how it relates to their professional lives and actions.


Professional Learning Modules


GTC Scotland has collaborated with Dianne Cantali of the School of Education and Social Work, University of Dundee, to create two Equality and Diversity Professional Learning Modules to support Scotland’s teachers in their knowledge and understanding of equality and diversity matters. 


Resources by Theme



Resources for Protected Characteristics


Protected Characteristics

All teachers should ensure they take steps to minimise any barriers that may arise as a result of protected characteristics. Everyone is protected against discrimination by the Equality Act 2010 because of the protected characteristics we all have. The Equality Act defines the following protected characteristics: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation.

Below, you can find sections for all the protected characteristics which contain resources to support your learning and reflections.

Age

The Equality Act 2010 says that you must not be discriminated against because:

  • you are (or are not) a certain age or in a certain age group
  • someone thinks you are (or are not) a specific age or age group, (discrimination by perception)
  • you are connected to someone of a specific age of age group, (discrimination by association) (EHRC)

The following resources may support your professional learning:

Gender Reassignment

The Equality Act 2010 says that you must not be discriminated against because you are transsexual, when your gender identity is different from the gender assigned to you when you were born. For example:

  • a person who was born female decides to spend the rest of his life as a man

In the Equality Act it is known as gender reassignment. All transsexual people share the common characteristic of gender reassignment. (EHRC)

The following resources may support your professional learning:

Marriage and Civil Partnership

The Equality Act says you must not be discriminated against in employment because you are married or in a civil partnership.

In the Equality Act marriage and civil partnership means someone who is legally married or in a civil partnership. Marriage can either be between a man and a woman, or between partners of the same sex. Civil partnership is between partners or the same sex.

People do not have this characteristic if they are:

  • single
  • living with someone as a couple neither married nor civil partners
  • engaged to be married but not married
  • divorced or a person whose civil partnership has been dissolved (EHRC)

The following resources may support your professional learning:

Pregnancy and Maternity

'Pregnancy is the condition of being pregnant or expecting a baby. Maternity refers to the period after the birth, and is linked to maternity leave in the employment context. In the non-work context, protection against maternity discrimination is for 26 weeks after giving birth, and this includes treating a woman unfavourably because she is breastfeeding' (EHRC)

The following resources may support your professional learning:

Race

'The Equality Act 2010 says that you must not be discriminated against because of your race.

In the Equality Act, race can mean your colour, or your nationality (including your citizenship). It can also mean your ethnic or national origins, which may not be the same as your current nationality. For example, you may have Chinese national origins and be living in Britain with a British passport.

Race also covers ethnic and racial groups, This means a group of people who all share the same protected characteristic or ethnicity or race.' (EHRC)

The following resources may support your professional learning:

Religion or Belief

'The Equality Act 2010 says you must not be discriminated against because:

  • you are (or are not) or a particular religion
  • you hold (or do not hold) a particular philosophical belief
  • someone thinks you are or a particular religion or hold a particular belief (discrimination by perception)
  • you are connected to someone who has a religion or belief (discrimination by association) (EHRC)

The following resources may support your professional learning:

Sex

The Equality Act 2010 says you must not be discriminated against because:

  • you are (or are not) a particular sex
  • someone thinks you are the opposite sex (discrimination by perception)
  • you are connected to someone of a particular sex (discrimination by association)

In the Equality Act, sex can mean either male or female, or a group of people like men or boys, or women or girls.(EHRC)

The following resources may support your professional learning:

Sexual Orientation

'The Equality Act 2010 says you must not be discriminated against because:

  • you are heterosexual, gay, lesbian or bisexual
  • someone thinks you have a particular sexual orientation (discrimination by perception)
  • you are connected to someone who has a particular sexual orientation (discrimination by association)

In the Equality Act, sexual orientation includes how you choose to express your sexual orientation, such as through your appearance or the places you visit. (EHRC)

The following resources may support your professional learning:


Case Studies


Case StudiesGTC Scotland will be gathering case studies to support the critical thinking of teachers around some real-life examples of inequality and discrimination to help challenge and support our thinking and professional actions. If you should have a case study you would like to share, please contact communications@gtcs.org.uk

Please note case studies are also available in the GTC Scotland Equality and Diversity Professional Learning Modules above.

The following resources may support your professional learning: