Does the ‘public sector equality duty’ apply to academies and free schools?

The short answer is yes, the public sector equality duty applies to academies and free schools.

Academies (and thus free schools) are ‘public authorities’ for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010.  That means they are bound by the public sector equality duty (PSED).

In simple terms, that means that, whenever they make decisions which might impact differently on girls, on members of particular ethnic groups, on members of particular religious groups, or on disabled people, they must (to put it very simply) give particular consideration to the issues which arise, and (at least) try to reduce any adverse impact.

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