Anyway I'm sure it's just a coincidence but this week I see that a consultation on the draft Equality Bill on the EHRC website now has 'pregnancy/maternity' as a specific 'protected group' (along with age, gender, race, etc).
This is what it says about eduction providers:
An education provider should not treat a pregnant woman or a new mother worse than they would treat a man or a non-pregnant woman.
It is not sex discrimination against a man to make special provision for a woman in connection with her pregnancy or maternity.
Flexibility in course provision
- In order to ensure that course provision meets the needs of all students and potential students, HEIs should consider the impact that parenting and caring responsibilities have on women’s and men’s ability to engage in higher education.
- Courses that are delivered flexibly will enable women and men with caring responsibilities to access FE and HE. Provision that fits in with their caring responsibilities and affordable childcare on or nearby campus, can assist in widening participation.
- You are permitted to provide (or make arrangements for or facilitate) childcare for your students’ children. This includes all kinds of assistance with childcare including paying for it, subsidising it, or enabling students to spend more time caring for their child.
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