Download the Good Practice Scheme general guidance. This gives some information on what the scheme is about, what counts as ’adopting’ the recommendations, etc.
If you haven’t heard of this, check out the Equality Challenge Units website or read Paul Lodge’s presentation, which outlines the basic principles behind the pilot scheme that was run in 2013-14, and how it worked. Please note that the ECU now seems to be planning to bring (what was to be) the GECM scheme under the Athena SWAN scheme that already exists for the sciences. The new humanities scheme is expected to be launched during 2015.
It looks as though implementing the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme recommendations will put departments in a very strong position to demonstrate that they are addressing many of the issues that Athena SWAN is aimed at, and should therefore make it a lot easier to achieve an Athena SWAN bronze award. However, we do not, at this stage, regard the Athena SWAN scheme as a replacement for the Good Practice Scheme, since the latter covers some areas and issues not (at least currently) covered by the former.