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Queensmead Primary Academy

Protected Characteristics


Protected Characteristics at Queensmead 


It is important that all children gain an understanding of the world they are growing up in.  

We support pupils to celebrate diversity as reflected in the wonderful multicultural, multifaith city we live in. Our pupils learn about a range of cultures and faiths and show respect for all.   

The Equality Act 2010, identifies the ‘protected characteristics’ as: 

  • age 

  • disability 

  • gender reassignment 

  • marriage and civil partnership 

  • pregnancy and maternity 

  • race 

  • religion or belief 

  • sex 

  • sexual orientation 


At Queensmead, we pride ourselves on having a well-considered, age and stage appropriate approach to the teaching of the protected characteristics, in order to: 

  • eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation 

  • advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it 

  • foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and others 

This philosophy is an integral part of school life and is embedded into our curriculum via our Route to Resilience work as well as our UNICEF Rights Respecting Silver award.  In addition to this planned approach, we react and respond to any incident as it arises within school, the local, national or global community.