Equality information

Equality information and objectives (statutory)

Public sector equality duty

Applies to

  • Maintained Schools
  • Academies
  • Free Schools
  • Pupil Referral Units


Under specific duties, governing boards, 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 board free to delegate to a committee of the governing board, 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

Equality, Diversity and Community Cohesion Guidance (updated February 2018)

BCC: Model Schools Equality and Cohesion Scheme (updated February 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 (updated March 2012)

Further national guidance

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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