London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Mainstreaming equality in the context of superdiversity: A school case study

Author(s) Quinn, M.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2013  
Editor P. Cunningham (ed.) Identities and Citizenship Education: Controversy, crisis and challenges  
Age group -  
The Equality Act (2010) consolidates a range of equality duties in the UK to ensure that schools cannot unlawfully discriminate against pupils because of their sex, race, disability, religion or belief and sexual orientation. As public institutions schools must be able to demonstrate how they tackle discrimination and actively promote equality. This paper sets out a case study of one secondary school as it incorporated the Equality Act into the life of the school. The school is set in its London and UK contexts, as the society around it copes at the same time with recession and burgeoning cultural diversity. The paper explores the variety of mechanisms which were developed to ensure the equality duties reflect the needs of stakeholders and are embedded in policy and practice. Keywords: Equality Act; Equality Duty; superdiversity.

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