The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) in schools

All schools are required to comply with the PSED. Understand what that means and see what information you need to publish.

Last reviewed on 21 March 2022
School types: All · School phases: All
Ref: 6099
Contents
  1. There are 3 main elements under the PSED
  2. You must publish equality information and objectives
  3. Equality information: what to publish
  4. Equality objectives: what to publish 

There are 3 main elements under the PSED

You're 'required to have due regard to the need to':

  • Eliminate discrimination and other prohibited conduct
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who don't
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who don't

This is explained in chapter 5 of the DfE’s advice for schools

Having 'due regard' means something specific in legal terms

In practice, it means:

  • Demonstrating awareness of your duties under the Act by assessing the impact any decision or action will have on people with protected characteristics
  • Considering any equality implications when developing and approving policies and reviewing them regularly with equality in mind
  • Carrying out these analyses seriously, rigorously and with an open mind. It must be more than a box-ticking exercise
  • Doing this yourself, as a school - you can’t delegate the responsibility to anyone else

You must publish