The Equality Act 2010 widens the scope for complaints by students against educational institutions on the grounds of discrimination. To avoid potential claims, good quality procedures must be in place that demonstrate institutions’ awareness of their duties under the Act. Embedding transparent procedures is essential and will also aid the speed of the response time if a complaint should occur.

This topic sets out the special provisions of the Equality Act 2010 that apply to further and higher education institutions. It also covers how institutions can ensure that they comply with the Act at all stages of the learner journey.

A general overview of the Equality Act 2010 can be found in the Equality Act — General Principles topic.

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