Protected Characteristics

At Gatley Primary School, we teach children that we all have characteristics and that 9 are protected.



The Equality Act became law in 2010. It covers everyone in Britain and protects people from discrimination, harassment and victimisation because of the protected characteristics that we all have.

Under the Equality Act, there are nine protected characteristics:

  1. Age
  2. Disability
  3. Gender reassignment
  4. Race -  including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
  5. Religion or belief
  6. Marriage or civil partnership
  7. Sex
  8. Sexual orientation
  9. Pregnancy and maternity

No form of discrimination is tolerated at Gatley Primary School and our pupils show respect for those who share the protected characteristics. 

We do not teach about all the protected characteristics in every year group. The curriculum is planned and delivered so that our pupils develop age appropriate knowledge and understanding during their time at Gatley Primary School. 

The 9 Protected Characteristics are actively promoted in school through:
•Our school ethos statements, SDP and SEF
•Our school core values (independence, choice, social responsibility, life skills, achieve)
•Our school behaviour policy
•Conscious role modelling by all adults in the school community
•Active engagement and communication with parents and carers

•Rights Respecting Schools 
•Discussion within curriculum subjects, taking across-curricular approach
•Promoting articulation by building appropriate language and a coherent vocabulary
•Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) sessions

•Religious Education (RE) lessons, and RSHE lessons,
•Pupil Voice
•Enrichment through educational visits and visitors
•Pupil Parliament
•Extra-curricular activities, after-school clubs, charity work and social responsibility projects within the local community.



There books are read as class texts over the course of the year to encourage positive and guided discussion of the protected characteristics. At Gatley Primary School, we strive to create an environment where children can share their opinions and ask questions.



Lower KS2

Upper KS2

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