Estyn operates on the basis that all people have equal rights and should be treated as such regardless of any particular characteristics they might have. This is the first Strategic Equality Plan produced by Estyn. In the past, we have approached equality on a strand by strand basis, with separate schemes for Disability, Gender and Race, and a policy on Equal Opportunities.
Our new approach includes all the protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010:
- gender reassignment;
- marriage and civil partnership;
- pregnancy and maternity;
- race (including ethnic or national origin, colour or nationality);
- religion or belief (or lack of belief); and
- sex and sexual orientation.
We recognise that discrimination may be experienced as a result of a combination of factors, and this plan should help to ensure that we continue the approach that we took under our previously separate schemes and, from now on, consider all protected characteristics together in one plan.