Face equality is about being treated fairly and equally regardless of appearance

Face Equality in Education

What is face equality?

Face equality is about being treated fairly and equally regardless of appearance. In educational settings it is about creating a culture of inclusion where every child and young person is valued and allowed to achieve their full potential.

We aim to

  • raise awareness of the attitudes and beliefs towards disfigurement that can lead to prejudice and discrimination
  • encourage educational settings to tackle such beliefs and attitudes and make a commitment to face equality
  • help students and pupils to learn new ways of thinking and behaving towards people with disfigurements.

Why is this important?

We commissioned independent research to investigate people’s attitudes toward disfigurement. When directly questioned the vast majority said that they did not discriminate against people based on their facial appearance. However an Implicit Attitude Test revealed that nine out of ten people held negative attitudes towards people who have disfigurements.

Whilst such attitudes are often unconscious and unwitting they may result in prejudice and discrimination. In education, children and young people with a visible difference may experience increased staring, comments, ostracism and bullying. This can impact on their psychological well-being as well as their educational achievement.

How can I get involved?

Please invite your students, pupils and colleagues to:

For more information, please contact Dr Jane Frances, Education Policy Advisor, or call 0345 450 0275.