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 4 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