Schools are required to publish information which is updated annually showing how they comply with the new Equality Duty and to set at least one equality objective every four years.  The need to advance equality of opportunity is defined in the Equality Act 2010 as having due regard to the need to:

1  Remove or minimise disadvantages.
2  Take steps to meet different needs.
3  Encourage participation when it is disproportionately low.

The PED extends to the following protected characteristics:

Age (as an employer, not regarding pupils)
Sexual Orientation
Pregnancy and Maternity
Gender Reassignment