The Ofsted Education Inspection Framework (EIF) came into effect in September promising to advance equality of opportunity for all learners. Dawn Jotham considers what the EIF means in the context of equality and diversity

Equality and diversity will be a key theme for Ofsted inspectors when assessing how prejudiced and discriminatory behaviour is addressed in education institutions.

All secondary schools will therefore need to ensure that they have addressed their statutory duties with regards to the Equality Act 2010, which prohibits unlawful discrimination and the less favourable treatment of an individual on the basis of any protected characteristic, including sex, religion and belief, race and disability.

The new framework now requires inspectors to assess how far schools are compliant with equalities legislation, but also responds to the fact that relationships and sex education (RSE) is to be made mandatory from September 2020.

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