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Equality Information & Objectives (Statutory) Public Sector Equality Duty

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Equality Information & Objectives (Statutory) Public Sector Equality Duty

Applies to

Maintained Schools, Academies, Free Schools, Pupil Referral Units


Under specific duties, governing bodies, local authorities and proprietors are required to draw up equality objectives every four years. Publication of information in future years should include evidence of the steps being taken and progress made towards meeting these equality objectives. Governing Bodies should annually publish information demonstrating how they are meeting the aims of the general public sector equality duty.


Governing body free to delegate to a committee of the governing body, an individual governor or the head teacher.

Review frequency

Information on how the school is meeting the aims of the public sector equality duty to be published annually; equality objectives to be reviewed every four years.   

Local Guidance

BLT Model: Equality, Diversity and Community Cohesion Guidance April 2017

BCC: Model Schools Equality and Cohesion Scheme  (PDF) (updated October 2018)

See our Roles pages for the Role of the Equality Governor

Tackling Disability-Related Bullying in Primary Schools

Dealing with Discrimation and Prejudice


DfE Guidance

Equality Act advice

Summary of duties for schools and Academies under the Equalities Act – March 2012:

Further National Guidance

The Equality and Human Rights Commission guidance for schools on meeting the general and specific needs of the Equality Act

Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF Equality Duty Support Package for the Voluntary Sector:

National Association of Headteachers summary of how it recommends its members should implement the Equality Act’s general and specific duties: 




The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011.

As schools are required to update at least annually their published information on meeting the public sector equality duty. It is strongly recommended that the report and associated objectives should be published on the School’s website.

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