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How are schools and hospitals affected by the Equality Act?

17 November 2015

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On Tuesday 17 November, the House of Lords Committee on the Equality Act 2010 and Disability question senior figures from education, health and social care policy in the UK. The session covers areas such as disability in schools, the Equality Act as reflected in education policy, discrimination in health and social care, and sanctions for breaching the Act.


Tuesday 17 November, Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 3.20pm:

  • Ann Gross, Director responsible for policy on Special Needs, Children in Care, Adoption and children's mental health, Department for Education
  • Kate Copley, Deputy Director in the Education Funding Agency's Academy Operations team, Department for Education
  • Lesley Cox, Ofsted national lead for Special Educational Needs, Ofsted
  • Claire Jackson, Legal team member, Independent Parental Special Educational Advice (IPSEA)

At approximately 4.20pm:

  • Flora Goldhill, Director for Children, Families & Communities, Department of Health
  • John Holden, Director of Policy, Partnerships and Innovation, NHS England
  • Sally Warren, Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Care Quality Commission

Possible questions

Questions in the first session include:

  • How confident are you that schools of all types are meeting their obligations under the Equality Act?
  • What about academy chains, what are their obligations?
  • Should the Equality Act prohibit the segregation of disabled children in schools?
  • What sanctions are available to use against schools who are failing their students?

In the second session questions include:

  • How well do health and social care organisations respond to evidence of inequality?
  • Does healthcare and social care commissioning incorporate the Equality Act?
  • What is your relationship with the Equality and Human Rights Commission?

Further information

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