Diversity, Equality & the Law in the UK

Diversity, Equality & the Law in the UK

Use this resource to generate discussion about equality and the law in the UK and explore the effect laws have on society.

This new series of lesson plans focuses on diversity and equality in the UK, looking at equality laws and how they have changed over time.

The topics covered in the resource are designed to develop essential knowledge and critical thinking skills and help students assess how well equality laws have worked and how they have had an effect on society.

The lesson plans can be used flexibly to add to an existing scheme of work or in their entirety to provide a focus for learning over a series of lessons. Student worksheets are included with each lesson plan.

The five lesson plans cover the following topics:

Topic 1. What are equality and inequality?
Topic 2. Why do we need laws on equality?
Topic 3. Why has equalities law changed over time?
Topic 4. What are ‘protected characteristics’ and why do we need them?
Topic 5. To what extent have changes in the law to promote equality been successful? How can we make society more equal?

There are also opening and closing activities which can be used to assess how students feel about equality in the UK and how their opinions may have changed at the end of each lesson.

You can download resources individually from the links in the above text or from the download section below.

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Identify an Act of Parliament that has helped make society more equal
  • Describe how equalities legislation promotes and protects individuals and groups in society
  • Explain the effect laws have on society
  • Plan and take forward a simple action to address inequality in their school or wider community

Lesson Plans & Curriculum Guide

Curriculum guide

Curriculum guide

Grid demonstrating how these resources relate to the curricula for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Opening & closing activities

Opening & closing activities

Assessment activities to use at the beginning and end of each lesson.

Topic 1

Topic 1

What are equality and inequality?

Topic 2

Topic 2

Why do we need laws on race equality?

Topic 3

Topic 3

Why has equalities law changed over time?

Topic 4

Topic 4

What are protected characteristics and why do we need them?

Topic 5

Topic 5

To what extent have changes in the law to promote equality been successful? How can we make society more equal?

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