||<p>The Department publishes guidance to help schools understand how the Equality Act
affects them and how to fulfil their duties under the Act. This includes a duty on
schools not to discriminate unlawfully due to the protected characteristics of sex
and gender reassignment. As part of the Government’s LGBT Action Plan, the Department
has committed to updating this guidance and this will be published in due course.
The LGBT Action Plan contains a commitment that the Government Equalities Office will
work with the Equality and Human Rights Commission to publish comprehensive guidance
for schools on how to support transgender pupils. The Equality Act guidance is available
here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/equality-act-2010-advice-for-schools"
Department already publishes guidance for schools on setting school uniform policies.
The guidance sets out that a school should ensure that their school uniform policy
is fair and reasonable for all its students and that policies should be flexible enough
to accommodate the different needs of pupils.</p><p>In making decisions about school
uniform policy, and all other school policies, a school must have regard to its obligations
under the Human Rights Act 1998, the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality
Duty. The school uniform guidance is available here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-uniform"