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The knowledge management team makes the best possible use of the Commission´s unique body of information and knowledge to inform not only our own work but for the use of anyone with an interest in equality in education.


Case Decisions and Settlements

Every year our legal team receives complaints of discrimination in the field of education.  The majority are made under the Special Educational Needs and Disability (NI) Order (SENDO) which came into operation in 2005, but there are also complaints across all the other grounds, especially disability, race and religious or political belief and employment cases against education bodies.

Decisions are findings of fact by the tribunals or county courts.  Settlements are resolved by mutual agreement before the case goes to court. We publish outlines of all cases resolved each year. These are available in our cases decisions and settlements database

Working with you for everyone's benefit
Policy is constantly evolving and changing, and we are always keen to hear new evidence to support and inform our policy work.  Contact Simon Hookham (

Partnerships, sponsorship and endorsements
Are you working in the field of equality or anti-discrimination?  Do you have an interesting piece of work in the field of education to share?  We may be able to support you in the joint delivery of your work – contact us to see what the possibilities are.


Need advice or information about equality issues?
If you are an education service provider, please contact our Advice and Compliance team - Tel  028 90 500 600 or email

If you need to know more about your rights in education, contact our discrimination advice team - Tel  028 90 500 600 or email


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