The public sector equality duty (PSED) known as ‘equality duty’ was introduced by the Equality Act 2010. The Act brought previous equalities law under one umbrella, replacing existing race, disability and gender equality duties and extended protection to further ‘protected characteristics’.
The equality duty has three main elements which schools must give due regard to in carrying out their functions as public bodies.
Across all the protected characteristics, schools must:
- eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation or any other unlawful conduct in the Equality Act 2010
- advance equality of opportunity
- foster good relations
The equalities impact in respect of each of these elements should be recorded, monitored and kept under constant review.
The Equality Act extended previous race, gender and disability equalities legislation to cover the wider ‘protected characteristics’ listed below:
- age *
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
- gender reassignment
- pregnancy or maternity
*age: a relevant characteristic considering a school’s duties as an employer but not in relation to students
Under the public sector equality duty, Haileybury Turnford’s Equality Objectives from last year, and updated Equality Objectives for this year are published in full below.
Equality Objectives - 2020
Equality Objectives Evaluation - 2019