The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) in schools: demonstrating compliance

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

Last reviewed on 9 May 2022
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  1. What is the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED)?
  2. How do schools demonstrate compliance with the PSED?
  3. Cover the 3 elements of the PSED
  4. Publishing employee data
  5. Show due regard to equality considerations
  6. Set equality objectives
  7. Where should this information be published?
  8. Examples from 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 3 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 share it

The 3 elements are taken from paragraph 5.1 of guidance published by the DfE.

What are protected characteristics?

Equality Act 2010:

Note: the first and last protected characteristics above are listed in the Equality Act 2010, but are not listed in the DfE guidance mentioned above. Age as a protected characteristic