Protected Characteristics

It is against the law (Equality Act 2012) to discriminate against anyone because of:

  • age
  • gender reassignment
  • being married or in a civil partnership
  • being pregnant or on maternity leave
  • disability
  • race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

These are called protected characteristics.

Protected characteristics

You are protected from discrimination:

  • at work
  • in education
  • as a consumer
  • when using public services
  • when buying or renting property
  • as a member or guest of a private club or association

You are also protected from discrimination if:

  • you are associated with someone who has a protected characteristic, for example a family member or friend
  • you have complained about discrimination or supported someone else’s claim

At Ditton Park students are taught protected characteristics through PSHERSE curriculum, academic mentoring time and assembly. Staff training of protected characteristics through CPDL. Posters of protected characteristics are in all teaching classrooms for teachers to make reference to these at every possible opportunity.