Equality and diversity

DfE aims to set an example as an employer and is developing policies that aim to make opportunity equal for all children and young people.


Under the Equality Act 2010 we have a legal duty to publish information that shows compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty, and to publish our equality objectives. Read the Department for Education’s equality objectives.

Fairness in policy making

We are:

  • collecting and using evidence on equality to develop our policy and decision making
  • involved in effective practice in promoting equality, and engaging with communities in effective ways

You can find examples of our equality analysis in the links below:

Equality and diversity within DfE

We aim to set an example as an equal opportunities employer. A diverse and representative workforce enables us to deliver our business objectives.

Workforce breakdown: DfE equality workforce data December 2012 to December 2013

    Dec 2012 Dec 2013 Actual change (percentage points)
Whole workforce Black and minority ethnic 16.5% 16.9% +0.4
  Women 59.5% 58.3% -1.2
  Disabled 11.0% 12.0% +1.0
  LGBT 2.0% 2.0% -
Senior civil servants Black and minority ethnic 4.3% 4.5% +0.2
  Women 48.8% 44.9% -3.9
  Women (top management posts) 44.8% 43.8% -1.0
  Disabled 4.2% 5.4% +1.2
  LGBT 3.5% 3.7% +0.2

Source: RM, 14 January 2014. Table shows the percentage of people with declared ethnicity and disability.

We will update this section as new information is available.

Working with organisations and networks

We are working with partners in the equality and diversity sector and: