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SCIS and the institutions it represents unreservedly support efforts to tackle racism or any other type of discrimination – there is need for positive, meaningful change.

This page provides useful resources for schools, Our statement on Black Lives Matter can be read here.


What is meant by equity, inclusion and diversity?

The Equality and Human Rights Commission in their resources for secondary schools, explain the meaning of equality as, ‘Equality is about ensuring that every individual has an equal opportunity to make the most of their lives and talents’.

It is also the belief that no one should have poorer life chances because of the way they were born, where they come from, what they believe, or whether they have a disability.

Equality recognises that historically certain groups of people with protected characteristics such as race, disability, sex and sexual orientation have experienced discrimination”.

The Equality Act 2010 sets out the personal characteristics that are protected by the law and the behaviour that is unlawful. Protected characteristics are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion and belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation


Inclusion is about the culture you create in school and the workplace – an environment where different people can come, feel comfortable and be themselves. It ensures that everyone feels valued and is able to maximise their potential.


Diversity is any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another. It is about empowering people by respecting and appreciating what makes them different, in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education, and national origin.


Useful Resources

Equality and Human Rights Commission


Education Scotland

Scottish Government

Embedding race equality in schools  - Anti-racism support for staff

A new package of support materials for teachers and staff will embed anti-racism and race equality into all aspects of school life.

Other resources