UK Court of Appeal declares gender segregation in schools unlawful sex discrimination

In a landmark judgment, the Court of Appeals, UK has held that sex-segregation of school children is violative of the Equality Act, and therefore unlawful. The Equality Act 2010 (“EA 2010”) prohibits discrimination, including on the basis of sex, by a school against a pupil in the way it provides education for the pupil and in the way it affords the pupil access to a benefit, facility or service. The Court held that a voluntary-aided faith school’s policy of completely segregating boys and girls from the age of 9 was discriminatory as it had an adverse impact on the quality and effectiveness of the education given by the school to both the girls and boy pupils respectively.

HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills -v- The Interim Executive Board of Al-Hijrah School[2017] EWCA Civ 1426