[holding answer 2 March 2007]: The Department for Education and Skills is taking steps to integrate gender equality into all its policies and programmes in line with the gender duty, and is committed to eliminating unfair discrimination on the grounds of gender.
We have already started to engage with our policy and programme colleagues and partners by jointly hosting awareness seminars on the gender duty led by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) and a:gender, the civil service wide network for transsexual people.
The gender equality scheme, which has to be published by the end of April 2007, will combine a DfES narrative on our overall planning as an employer and sector leader, alongside policy and programme action plans. Those policies and programmes will have the gender duty in mind when promoting gender equality and ensuring there is no discrimination. The gender equality scheme will then be reviewed every three years as a whole. The action plans will be reviewed on an annual basis.