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Equal Opportunities - despite all the pledges from schools and LEAs, the fight for equality for women, black people, gays and lesbians and for the disabled may only just have begun ....

Lambeth Borough at one time had an excellent reputation for equal opportunities, in particular in relation to Maternity Leave. By and large, it still has a good tradition, although not so much in teaching. (There is for example a discrepancy between the ten days workers are allowed off for maternity support, but only 5 days for teachers, for example).
In this section as it develops, we would wish to deal with all concerns about discrimination in terms of race, gender, disability and sexuality
Contact us if there is a concern that needs to be raised by e-mail or phone us on 020 7926 2497

Lambeth Teacher is intent in giving a wide coverage in this section to equal opportunities, making information available on a wide reaching number of issues.

We consider that the union must campaign as a minimum for the rights of all peoples needs to be met, irrespective of gender, sexuality, race, religion or disability.

In this section we will reflect views, give information on LEA policies, circulate union guidelines and offer legal advice where available.

In this section there will increasingly be documentation which is more universally downloaded in PDF format. Click further down the page if required.

Disability Rights Commission Advice on Schools(PDF format)

Advice on access Oct 2002 (PDF Format)

There has been considerable legislative change in this area, primarily establishing progressive legislation in order to ensure that it has been compulsory for local authorities to treat all employees and potential employees no differently

There has been an expected backlash from various quarters for different reasons, but now in place are duties in relation to disability and gender

Schools have a duty to promote equality of opportunity for all students and staff, regardless of their sexual orientation, race, religion or disability. This promotion of equality should be enshrined in school policies on equal opportunities, behaviour and the curriculum. To investigate how this affects schools further, follow this link.

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