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Queensmead Primary Academy

Protected Characteristics


Protected Characteristics at Queensmead 


It is important that all children gain an understanding of the world they are growing up in.  

We support pupils to celebrate diversity as reflected in the wonderful multicultural, multi-faith and multi-ethnic city we live in. Leicester City is acclaimed as the first 'plural' city in the UK and we are proud to be part of this incredible city.

'According to the 2021 Census data, it has emerged as the first plural city in the UK where no ethnic group has a majority'

Our pupils learn about a range of cultures and faiths and show respect for all.   

The Equality Act 2010, identifies the ‘protected characteristics’ as: 

  • age 

  • disability 

  • gender reassignment 

  • marriage and civil partnership 

  • pregnancy and maternity 

  • race 

  • religion or belief 

  • sex 

  • sexual orientation 


At Queensmead, we pride ourselves on having a well-considered, age and stage appropriate approach to the teaching of the protected characteristics, in order to: 

  • eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation 

  • advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it 

  • foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and others 

This philosophy is an integral part of school life and is embedded into our curriculum via our Route to Resilience work as well as our UNICEF Rights Respecting Silver award.  In addition to this planned approach, we react and respond to any incident as it arises within school, the local, national or global community. 

We also follow the 'No Outsiders in our School 'programme. This book provides support and resources to schools to deliver the objectives outlined in the Equality Act 2010, which make it against the law to discriminate against an individual because of a range of protected characteristics.

The 'No Outsiders'  lessons are taught twice termly from EYFS - Y6 and the lessons are based on a selection of carefully selected picture books.

Issues addressed include: gender and gender identity, religion, race, sexual orientation, disability and age. The focus of the programme is around noticing, celebrating and developing resilience around diversity. Through discussion and activities based upon the picture books, pupils are encouraged to show respect and develop their understanding of diversity.