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See what your school could publish to demonstrate compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), including examples from primary, secondary and special schools.

What is the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED)?

The PSED was introduced by the Equality Act 2010 and applies to all schools, including maintained and independent schools, academies, maintained nursery schools, and maintained and non-maintained special schools.

The PSED has three main elements

These are:

  • Eliminating discrimination and other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
  • Advancing equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
  • Fostering good relations across all characteristics – between people who do share a protected characteristic and people who do not

The three elements are taken from paragraph 5.1 of guidance published by the Department for Education (DfE).

What are protected characteristics?

There are 9 protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010:

Note: the first and last protected characteristics above are listed in the Equality Act 2010, but are not listed

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