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Protected Characteristics

Protected Characteristics at Woden Primary School

It is important that all children gain an understanding of the world they are growing up in, and learn how to live alongside, and show respect for, a diverse range of people. 

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

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation


At Woden, we pride ourselves on having a well-considered 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 persons who do not share it

The plan below shows how this philosophy is an integral part of school life and is embedded into our curriculum. In addition to this planned approach, we react and respond to any incident as it arises within school, the community or is in the news. 

The 9 Protected Characteristics are actively promoted in school through: 

  • Our school ethos statements and SIP 
  • Our school core values 
  • Our school behaviour policy 
  • Conscious role modelling by all adults in the school community 
  • Active engagement and communication with parents and carers 
  • Assemblies – Picture News 
  • British Values themes  
  • Discussion within curriculum subjects, taking a cross-curricular approach 
  • Promoting articulation by building appropriate language and a coherent vocabulary 
  • Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE JIGSAW) sessions 
  • Religious Education (RE) lessons, RSE lessons. 
  • Sporting, Art and Cultural Events 
  • Pupil Voice 
  • Educational visits 
  • Real-life learning outside the classroom 
  • Guest speakers 
  • Extra-curricular activities, after-school clubs and charity work.  


JIGSAW policy for Protected Characteristics and Lesson overview: