Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED)
The Department for Education (DfE) has published non-statutory advice that sets out schools' obligations under the PSED for our school community, children, parents, staff and governors.
PSED includes the following protected characteristics:
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Gender reassignment
Three main elements
PSED has three main elements. In carrying out their functions, we are required to have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
- Foster good relations across all characteristics, and between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
PSED is integrated into how we work as a school.
We have "due regard" to PSED. This means that we give "relevant and proportionate consideration to the duty".
For our school, this means:
- Decision makers are aware of the duty to have due regard when making a decision or taking an action, and assess whether it may have implications for people with particular protected characteristics
- We consider equality implications before and at the time we develop policy and take decisions, not as an afterthought, and we keep them under review on a continuing basis
- The PSED is integrated into the carrying out of the school’s functions, in particular at the meetings of the leadership team and the governing body.
If you have any questions about PSED at St Cecilia's please get in touch with one of the leadership team via the school office.