The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) and Equality Objectives – April 2012
On 5 April 2012, the Pubic Sector Equality Duty came into force in England, Scotland and Wales. This duty replaces the previous race, disability and gender equality duties.
There are three main elements within the act and in carrying out our functions, as a school, we must have regard to the need to:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct prohibited under the Equality Act 2012.
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it: race, disability, sex, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity and gender reassignment.
- Foster good relations, tackle prejudice and promote understanding.
All schools must have ‘due regard’ to the three elements. Therefore whenever significant decisions are being made, or policies being developed or reviewed, the school will consider carefully the equalities implications.
The PSED replaces the previous three sets of separate duties to promote disability, race and gender equality.
At Woolmore we monitor the following equality aspects to ensure that we do not disadvantage anyone:
- Discrimination and harassment
- Effective education for all children
- Religion and belief
- Accessibility and support
- Fair treatment in school
- Equal opportunities