Equality Act 2010 and PSED statement

Since Equality Act became law in 2010, public bodies have been required by law to uphold a duty to promote disability, race and gender equality. In April 2011 this was replaced by a single public sector equality duty (known as the PSED or the equality duty). This new duty extends to all the aspects of a person’s identity – known as ‘protected characteristics’ – that are protected under the Equality Act 2010: race, disability, sex, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity and gender reassignment.


From the 6th April 2012 we have been required as a school to publish information annually, showing how we comply with this equality duty. Furthermore, we are required to publish objectives linked to this duty at least once every four years. In complying with this duty, we are therefore committed to promoting strategies, opportunities, policies and procedures that will help us:
- eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation.
- remove or minimise disadvantages.
- take steps to meet different needs.
- encourage participation when it is disproportionately low.
- advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic
and people who do not share it.
- foster good relations across all protected characteristics – between people who share a
protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

Please click on the pdf link below to view a copy of our PSED statement and current objectives:

West Jesmond PSED statement