The new Equality Act 2010 came into force in England, Wales and Scotland on 1st October 2010. There is a lot of general guidance available to help education providers, including the Equality Act guidance downloads from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which help explain the Act and provide practical examples on how the law has changed for employers, workers, service providers, service users and education providers.
JISC TechDis have produced an excellent and easy to read booklet promoting the wider benefits of inclusive practices for educational providers: Improve your 3 Rs Recruitment • Retention • Results (PDF)
“As well as complying with the new legislation there are also real practical and economic benefits to adopting inclusive practices. JISC TechDis specialises in
highlighting the use of technology to remove barriers to learning and promoting inclusive practices. Our resources enable universities, colleges and other learning providers to minimise the barriers experienced by a range of learners and can bring significant benefits in terms of recruitment, retention and results.”
JISC TechDis have also just launched their new web resource supporting the Single Equality Duty. The web resource is part of the new JISC TechDis website and provides a wide range of useful information and links to resources that can enable your organisation ‘to take a proactive approach to shaping institutional processes and the promotion of equality‘ because ‘merely avoiding discrimination is no longer an option.’