Act 2010 has changed the way the public sector
must address equalities, and there were some significant changes
for schools. A summary slide of the three main purposes of the
new law can be dowloaded here.
The Equalities Team helps any school in Northumberland that would
like help or support with this aspect of their work. The most
comprehensive advice and documentation about the act is
found on the Equality
and Human Rights Commission web site. The Equality and Human
Rights Commission have also produced specific
guidance to schools about the PSED
To comply with the law, schools should
- Published equality
information by 6 April
2012. To see an example of one
Northumberland's school's published information, follow
the link. There is no prescribed format for this. It
is also an opportunity to mention strategies you have already
implemented to promote equality.
- We have created a template
of questions to consider which is a useful starting
point to use to capture this information for publication.
- This information helps schools to recognise SMART
equality objectives. There is no set number of
objectives that schools are expected to have. There should be at
least one, which should be stretching (and
achievable) and should focus on the most significant
equality challenges the school faces.
- Gaps in achievement are an obvious target, and the
protected characteristics to address are most often
gender, race, religion and belief and disability.
- It may also be necessary from time to time to complete an
analysis of the effects of new and amended policies and
practices, or key decisions on
protected groups. This process was formerly known as
equality impact assessment (EIA).
A suggested pro forma for an Equalities Analysis can be
downloaded to print here. You
may find it helpful to see an example analysis using this guide. An
example of a school's updated dress code analysis can be viewed by
following this link.
There is now no legal requirement to publish an equality
scheme. You may still find it useful to publish a policy. There is
a very good example of a school policy which can easily be adapted
on the Insted web
It is still a requirement that a school should maintain an
Here is the government guidance to
From September 2012 a revised Ofsted Inspection
Framework has been implemented. The separate
equalities judgement is no longer part of the framework, although
closing gaps in achievement for vulnerable groups of pupils and the
impact of a school’s anti-discriminatory work now have a
high profile. A recent
makes this very clear.