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Equality and diversity

Promoting equality

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’.

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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 has a number of resources to support the teaching workforce these can be accessed using the links below and include a new free toolkit for IAG providers and teaching staff to help learners with SEND fulfil their ambitions and aspirations. 

In practice

We will use this space to share examples of practice.

HMP North Sea Camp's recently published Ofsted report (November 2017) stated that “College staff carried out a detailed assessment of prisoners’ barriers to learning and ensured that those who needed extra help received it.”

and highlighted this Good Practice example:

"The involvement of probation officers in work to support protected characteristic groups was a novel way to encourage a ‘whole-prison’ approach and it promoted confidence in equality management."

Continual professional development

ETF has a number of courses to support the teaching workforce

On our News and events page we highlight events and courses relevant to the sector.

Find out what other practitioners and providers are doing in their delivery of vocational training by subscribing to our free Offender Learning Newsletter.


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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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