Academies are”responsible for ensuring their own compliance” in dealing with homophobia

On 23 April in the House of Commons, Kate Green, MP for Stretford and Urmston, asked the Secretary of State for Education what residual duties local authorities retain in relation to ensuring academy schools comply with the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 and the public sector equality duty in relation to addressing homophobic bullying.

Edward Timpson, Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, replied:

“…Under the Equality Act 2010, local authorities have a duty not to discriminate when carrying out their own education functions-such as organisation of schools and arranging admissions. The Equality Act clearly sets out the responsibilities on schools and academies in respect of the discrimination provisions and the equality duties, and they are responsible for ensuring their own compliance.”

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