Equality and diversity training for education settings

EqualiTeach delivers training for teachers, trainee teachers, support staff, senior leadership teams and governors, providing them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to promote equality and tackle discrimination in their settings.

Our sessions provide a safe space in which participants are able to raise concerns in a non- judgemental, non-confrontational, open and honest environment, knowing that their opinion will be treated with respect. Learning takes place through interactive and engaging methods, with small group activities and whole group discussions, providing the opportunity to learn from each other and from expert facilitators.

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In-person and online sessions... tailored for you

All of our equality and diversity training can be provided in person, with face-to-face visits in your school or setting, or through live online sessions via Zoom. 

You can find our most popular training sessions below, all available for booking and enquiry. We understand that these sessions sometimes require adapting or combining to fit your needs, so we will always work closely with you to design the most suitable and engaging sessions.

To discuss how we can develop a bespoke package to meet your setting’s exact requirements, please get in touch.

E-learning & online courses

We have adapted a selection of our most popular training sessions into interactive e-learning courses. With a selection of subjects and courses available that will continue to grow over time, this is an easy, accessible way to further your knowledge and confidence.

We also run online courses that individuals can join to connect and learn with educators from other schools, with tailored content in participatory, interactive training sessions. 

For example, our online course for senior leaders runs across four sessions delivered online to a small cohort providing senior leaders working in UK schools with the knowledge, skills and tools to take a strategic whole school approach to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.

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Training sessions

Unconscious bias

Understanding and overcoming unconscious bias.

This session supports participants to:

  • Develop an understanding of why and how unconscious bias manifests
  • Explore the link between unconscious bias, stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination
  • Consider the impact of unconscious bias and implicit prejudice on staff, pupils and the wider school community
  • Develop tools to highlight and overcome unconscious bias in schools in order to create more equal, diverse and inclusive settings

Why equality?

Overcoming unconscious bias and creating inclusive settings.

This session supports participants to:

  • Remove barriers and combat myths which can prevent successful engagement with promoting equality and tackling discrimination
  • Explore the concept of privilege and how structural and institutional discrimination operates to exclude people
  • Understand their duties under equality law
  • Be aware of the impact of unconscious bias
  • Recognise the benefits of engaging with equality initiatives to staff and pupils
  • Explore how to embed equality throughout the setting

Working with young people on controversial issues

Provides educators with the skills, knowledge and confidence to explore controversial topics with young people.

This session supports participants to:

  • Explore why it is important to open up conversations about controversial issues with young people
  • Look at the statutory duties on schools with regards to this work, including the duty to promote Fundamental British Values and the Prevent duty
  • Undertake conversations with young people about controversial issues
  • Explore how to effectively challenge prejudice and stereotypes to create positive change

Responding effectively to prejudice-related incidents

Provides educators with the knowledge to effectively identify, respond to, and investigate prejudice-related incidents.

This session supports participants to:

  • Consider the legal definition of a prejudice-related incident and have any questions or concerns about this addressed
  • Explore the advantages of recording prejudice-related incidents in school and the barriers which might prevent people from doing so
  • Discuss best practice short-term and long-term approaches to responding to prejudice-related incidents using case study examples

Inclusive recruitment

Training for staff involved in recruitment to support them to develop inclusive practice and recruit and retain a diverse workforce.

This session supports participants to:

  • Recognise the impact of language used in adverts, job descriptions and person specifications.
  • Consider where and how to advertise positions to reach a diverse audience.
  • Understand the different forms of unconscious bias and their impact in recruitment decisions.
  • Develop skills which will help them to remain objective, recognise bias, and make decisions based on evidence at all points of the recruitment process.
  • Understand their legal duties under the Equality Act 2010, including when and how to make reasonable adjustments and how to engage in effective positive action initiatives.

The language of equality

Provides educators with a safe space to explore appropriate and unacceptable terminology when discussing issues of equality.

This session supports participants to:

  • Have their fears allayed about the correct use of terminology
  • Consider the power and impact of language in the promotion of equality
  • Explore terminology and understand the reasons why terms are acceptable or unacceptable

SLT Training: Taking a strategic whole school approach to promoting EDI

These can be run as events for Trusts where each school sends two-three members of the senior leadership team to take part in a day of reflection and learning; and leaving with an action plan to implement in school, or with individual or small groups of schools to support senior leaders over a longer period.

During the training Leaders will:

  • Reflect on the barriers that can prevent schools
    from successfully promoting equality, diversity and inclusion including
    unconscious bias and privilege
  • Understand schools’ equality duties as set out by The Equality Act 2010
  • Consider what is required for a strategic whole school approach to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Recognise how policies and procedures can drive or undermine equality, diversity and inclusion work in schools
  • Explore how equality monitoring data can be utilised to inform strategy and how schools can develop effective, SMART, evidence-based equality objectives
  • Learn how to effectively consult with the wider school community and create successful equality working groups.
  • Understand what Ofsted is looking for with regards to equality, diversity and inclusion in schools.
  • Be equipped with tools to conduct a curriculum audit and thread equality, diversity and inclusion through teaching and learning
  • Utilise their learning to consider their roles in recruitment, disciplinary and complaints and steps that they can take to eliminate discrimination and advance opportunity through case study examples.
  • Identify and share their current areas of good practice and areas for development.
  • Create an action plan of changes that they will implement as a result of the training

Leading the way: How governors can drive a whole school approach to EDI

Supporting school governors and MAT trustees to drive equality, diversity and inclusion in their settings.

This session supports participants to:

  • Be equipped with practical solutions to diversify the governing body and create boards which are better able to reflect and represent the school community.
  • Recognise the barriers that can prevent governors from successfully promoting equality, diversity and inclusion and how to overcome them.
  • Understand schools’ and governors’ equality duties under legislation, including The Equality Act 2010.
  • Consider what is required for a strategic whole school approach to promoting equality and how governors can support school leaders with this.
  • Recognise how equality monitoring data can be utilised to inform strategy and how governors can work with leaders to develop effective, SMART, evidence-based equality objectives.
  • Consider their roles in recruitment, disciplinary and complaints and steps that they can take to eliminate discrimination and advance opportunity.

Looking for something different?

Please get in touch to discuss how we can support you and your setting with a fully tailored session.

Delivery formats

Face-to-face visits

Sessions are delivered with a visit to your premises. We work with you to schedule the sessions to suit your calendar or timetable.

We deliver to groups of up to 30 people, with parallel or staggered sessions enabling us to reach all members of staff.

Participants are grouped around tables and the sessions are discussion and activity based to ensure an engaging and impactful training.

Live online training

Staff training sessions are delivered via Zoom or Teams. As with face-to-face visits, sessions will feature activities, breakout conversations and Q&A sessions.

We are able to deliver online live training for up to 30 people at a time, with parallel or staggered sessions enabling us to reach all members of staff.

We can work with you to schedule dates and times to suit your calendar and timetable.

Online e-learning & courses

Our e-learning platform contains courses for a rnage of equality and diversity subjects. Through e-learning you will be able to learn from home or work, in your own time and at your own pace, completing modules and advancing your understanding.

Our online courses combine the benefits of live online training with small, tailored cohorts and bespoke content.

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A whole school approach

Full Packages for Education Settings

You can take advantage of any combination of services. A fully tailored package could include various workshops and training sessions, developing action plans and ongoing support for a whole-school approach.

  • Equality auditing and consultancy
  • Training and workshops
  • Online sessions and e-learning
  • Equalities Award
These sessions have opened my mind! The course leader was very confident and encouraged open discussion. It was useful to look at realistic scenarios that happen in all settings. It definitely made me think about our provision and what we can do to improve it.
Participant in Why Equality?
Absolutely brilliant. Love how interactive it was. Format and layout are great, so clear and engaging… learnt a lot!
EqualiTeach E-learning User
The delivery is clear, very detailed and has made me much more confident with how I can appropriately approach any topics that my children will face. Thank you.
EqualiTeach E-learning User

The Equalities Award

The Equalities Award is an online auditing tool providing the opportunity to review, benchmark and celebrate a school’s work on equality, diversity and inclusion. The Award includes one-to-one support from an equality expert for your school and brings added benefits such as training and workshop discounts.

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Workshops with Young People

Engaging and interactive workshops with young people on various aspects of equality. We tailor workshops to respond to the needs of individual schools and classes and to suit different age groups, abilities and learning needs.

Resources for Educators

A range of resources available to download free of charge, providing information, guidance and support on issues of equality and diversity. Resources include lesson plans and activities for educating young people about topics such as LGBT+ equality, sexism and sexual harassment, gender equality, Islamophobia and disability. 

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