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Equality and diversity

Under the 2010 Equality Act, anyone working in the Justice sector (in receipt of public funding) has a legal duty to protect and promote equality for and between people in the nine ‘protected characteristics’ groups. There is support for embedding equality and celebrating diversity in the ‘Equalities Toolkit’.

SEND exhibition site

Disability is one of the protected characteristics and, as such, the Foundation would like to highlight their Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) exhibition site. This brings together some of the most effective SEND materials available on the Excellence Gateway, as well as brand new material that will be of interest to practitioners, managers and leaders across the sector.

This includes a range of case studies, reports and examples of effective practice from within the Excellence Gateway, as well as new material commissioned from the Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement (RARPA) project. The Foundation also has a range of online courses relating to equality and diversity.

Supporting Learners

Around 16% of learners in the FE and skills sector has a learning difficulty and/or disability. Each of these learners has an individual set of needs and aspirations that will require a range of different provision and support. ETF now has a number of resources and training to support the teaching workforce. These can be accessed using the links below:

Examples of effective practice sought

Do you have any examples of effective practice in equality and diversity?

If you do, please get in touch with the Foundation’s Leadership, Management and Governance team.

Watch our short video or read the Equality and Diversity chapter in our teaching and learning toolkit guide introducing you to some of the resources below and raising key questions for you to consider.

Did you know that you can request printed copies of a wide variety of free offender learning resources using this order form?

Related Resources

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LDD Navigator

Access to Skills for Life for offenders with LDD

Developing access to Skills for Life for offender learners with learning difficulties or disabilities


Creating accessible learning materials

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Learning for women in prison

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Empower LGBT toolkit

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Equality network

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All faiths and none teaching and learning materials

Equalities toolkit

Equalities toolkit

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Equality and diversity CPD

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Dyslexia Starter Kit

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SEND exhibition site