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Legal responsibilities

Under the Education and Inspections Act 2006, head teachers, with the advice and guidance of governors and the assistance of school staff, must identify and implement measures to promote good behaviour, respect for others and self-discipline among pupils, and to prevent all forms of bullying.

As a statutory organisation it is also necessary for schools to ensure they do not discriminate against the identified protected groups listed within the Equality Act 2010. The Department of Education has provided a helpful guide outlining schools’ duties and responsibilities and explaining what discrimination can look like.

Ofsted also explores how schools prevent and tackle HBT bullying, and will explore how your school meets its statutory duty to prevent all forms of prejudice based bullying, including homophobia and transphobia.

You can find more information about your legal responsibilities as a school via the links below:

  • Equality Act 2010
  • Equality Act: Guidance for school
  • Human Rights Act
  • Education and Inspectors Act 2006
  • Ofsted: Tackling homophobic bullying in school.

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