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Abbey Gates Primary School

Learning Together & Making a Difference


Protected Characteristics

The Equality Act 2010 aims to prevent discrimination. It is illegal to discriminate against people based on nine protected characteristics:

  • age

  • disability

  • gender reassignment

  • marriage and civil partnership

  • pregnancy and maternity

  • race: can refer to colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins

  • religion or belief: can refer to religious or philosophical beliefs, including a lack of belief

  • sex: refers to a person's gender

  • sexual orientation


We are an inclusive school and no form of discrimination is tolerated at Abbey Gates Primary School. It is particularly important that children are taught about these protected characteristic groups and the importance of showing respect to people within these groups.


We address this in a number of ways, such as through our carefully timetabled assemblies that address respect and tolerance. We refer to and explore our school values which support children's understanding of the protected characteristics. We also ensure that our curriculum is planned and delivered in order that children learn about these protected characteristics in an age appropriate manner through our Talking Points texts and additional resources to complement this.