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Protected characteristics

How we teach about the protected characteristics at JTR

We work to ensure that our children understand that:


There are no outsiders at JTR

Everyone belongs & has a place here

Everyone is different

We celebrate our differences

We are all equal in our differences


The Equality Act became law in 2010. It covers everyone in Britain and protects people from discrimination, harassment and victimisation. Everyone in Britain is protected. This is because the Equality Act protects people against discrimination because of the protected characteristics that we all have. Under the Equality Act, there are nine Protected Characteristics:


1. Age

2. Disability

3. Gender reassignment

4. Race

5. Religion or belief

6. Marriage or civil partnership

7. Sex

8. Sexual orientation

9. Pregnancy and maternity


At John T. Rice Infants, we begin to introduce and promote these into our ethos.


Under the Equality Act you are protected from discrimination:


  • When you are in the workplace
  • When you use public services like healthcare (for example, visiting your doctor or local hospital) or education (for example, at your school or college)
  • When you use businesses and other organisations that provide services and goods (like shops, restaurants, and cinemas)
  • When you use transport
  • When you join a club or association (for example, your local rugby club)
  • When you have contact with public bodies like your local council or government departments

We love books at JTR and learn lots about the protected characteristics from stories. These are heard in both the class and assemblies. See below for the list of books and how they related to the protected characteristics. 



We are looking forward to inviting Andrew Moffatt into school in the autumn term so he can help the children and staff understand more about protected characteristics and help prepare them for life in modern Britain.

Take a look at when Grandad Wheels visited our school and he told us lots of stories about how he has succeeded and had a positive mental attitude. We loved learning all about his wheelchair, listening to his books and meeting him!

We really enjoyed learning all about what Bridie the guide dog can do for her human. She is a clever dog! Without her Graham wouldn't be able to go and do his shopping and meet with his friends.