Interwoven into all areas of the curriculum, as well as being embedded in our school ethos, is the explicit teaching of the nine protected characteristics. Teaching the nine characteristics aims to support children in gaining understanding of the diverse and multicultural society they live in. It strives to develop their appreciation of differences between individuals and groups, and to teach acceptance and tolerance of other people’s cultures, traditions, and ways of life. The protected characteristics (as outlined in the Equality Act 2010) are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex/gender and sexual orientation. Additionally, at Ralph Butterfield Primary School, we look at socio-economics and consider the impact of wealth on an individual’s lifestyle. The teaching of the nine protected characteristics is in an age- appropriate way and takes into consideration the children’s prior knowledge. For instance, teaching around marriage and civil partnership will be embedded in conversations about family diversity. In addition to explicit teaching, the nine protected characteristics are further embedded through assemblies and daily interactions.