What are Protected Characteristics?
The Equality Act 2010 means it is illegal to discriminate against someone because of the following, which are called protected characteristics.
being married or in a civil partnership
pregnancy and maternity
religion or belief
Teaching of the protected characteristics at Stowlawn
Children need to be taught these protected characteristics. Therefore, it is essential that they gain an understanding of the world they are growing up in, and learn how to live alongside, and show respect for, a diverse range of people.
At Stowlawn, we pride ourselves on having a well-considered approach to the teaching of the protected characteristics, in order to:
eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
develop good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
We share and teach the protected characteristics in an age-appropriate way through assemblies and our PSHE curriculum. These protected characteristics are also part of our behaviour policy and how we encourage children to behave with regards to each other.
What does it look like for my child?
The teaching of protected characteristics can feel like a very daunting thing for a parent, as some of the content may feel inappropriate for primary age children. However, all content is taught using age-appropriate language and in a child-friendly way to start to teach the children these important concepts that will follow them through life.
Click the link below to see the Early Years and Key Stage 1 assembly we use to introduce the protected characteristics.
Click the link below to see the Key Stage 2 assembly we use to introduce the protected characteristics.
Early Years and Key Stage 1 assembly
Key Stage 2 assembly
Stories Used to Promote the Protected Characteristics
These books have been chosen to provide the children with examples of the protected characteristics, working to increase their understanding surrounding these. They are read as class texts throughout the year and the stories encourage positive and guided discussions of the protected characteristics. Whilst increasing the children’s understanding, pupils are also given the opportunity to share their opinions and ask questions in a safe environment.