Equality Act 2010
Impact on the
School Admissions Process
Discrimination in Admissions
Responsible Body of school must ensure
admissions are fair.
Discriminatory Practices
• Discriminatory arrangements for deciding
who is offered admission.
• Using protected characteri...
Discrimination During Application
Process
Information given, and the application
process, must be fair and open.
Informati...
Admissions Criteria
• Are permitted.
• Must not discriminate directly or indirectly.
Schools should review admissions
proc...
Examples of Discrimination
• Fixed gender proportions at a co-
educational school,
• Exclusive catchment area boundaries,
...
Further Examples
Refusal to admit disabled pupils because of
behaviour concerns arising from the
disablement,
Refusal to a...
Exceptions for Schools
• Single-sex schools,
• Schools with a religious character.
Single-Sex Schools
Permitted to exclude applications on the
basis of sex.
Not permitted to use any other protected
charact...
Schools with a
Designated Religious Character
May discriminate on grounds of religion or
belief by setting criteria giving...
Admissions – Other Legal
Requirements
Admissions Codes issued by:
• Department for Education,
• Welsh Assembly Government,...
Admissions Authorities
Local Authority: Community, Voluntary
Controlled Schools (unless function
devolved to governors)
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Admissions

  1. 1. Equality Act 2010 Impact on the School Admissions Process
  2. 2. Discrimination in Admissions Responsible Body of school must ensure admissions are fair.
  3. 3. Discriminatory Practices • Discriminatory arrangements for deciding who is offered admission. • Using protected characteristics to set terms for offering admission as a pupil. • Not admitting a pupil because of a protected characteristic. • Harassment of a person who has applied for admission.
  4. 4. Discrimination During Application Process Information given, and the application process, must be fair and open. Information sources, and application process, must be accessible to disabled people. Reasonable adjustments must be made.
  5. 5. Admissions Criteria • Are permitted. • Must not discriminate directly or indirectly. Schools should review admissions processes to guard against accidental discrimination.
  6. 6. Examples of Discrimination • Fixed gender proportions at a co- educational school, • Exclusive catchment area boundaries, • Differentiation of factors between racial groups, • Differences in acceptable scores for entry exams between boys and girls, different nationalities, etc.
  7. 7. Further Examples Refusal to admit disabled pupils because of behaviour concerns arising from the disablement, Refusal to admit pupils with English as a second language.
  8. 8. Exceptions for Schools • Single-sex schools, • Schools with a religious character.
  9. 9. Single-Sex Schools Permitted to exclude applications on the basis of sex. Not permitted to use any other protected characteristic to set criteria.
  10. 10. Schools with a Designated Religious Character May discriminate on grounds of religion or belief by setting criteria giving preference to members of own religion. Maintained schools must comply with Admissions Code. No other protected characteristic may be used as admission criteria.
  11. 11. Admissions – Other Legal Requirements Admissions Codes issued by: • Department for Education, • Welsh Assembly Government, • Scottish Government.
  12. 12. Admissions Authorities Local Authority: Community, Voluntary Controlled Schools (unless function devolved to governors) Governing Body: Foundations Schools, Trusts, Voluntary Aided Schools, Academies.

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