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Diversity and inclusion

Our commitment to inclusion and fairness means that everyone is encouraged to aspire, learn, succeed and progress in their academic and professional careers. Our schools are great places to be: we aim to bring out the best in all children and young people, regardless of their starting points or backgrounds, by promoting a welcoming atmosphere and valuing every individual equally. 

We actively welcome people, ideas and opportunities that broaden horizons and deepen understanding of the world around us, supporting the development of our sense of self as citizens in our communities and globally. 

We are committed to having a diverse workforce, to provide an inclusive culture throughout United Learning and to ensure we reflect the communities we serve. As part of our commitment, we have signed the Business in the Community Race at Work Charter. We know that ethnic minorities still face significant disparities in employment and progression in the workplace, and that is something that needs to change. The Charter is composed of seven calls to action for leaders and organisations across all sectors. We have also signed the National Governance Association's Statement of action and committments on equality, diversity and inclusion in education which includes the future actions we have committed to.

Our actions so far include:

  • Diversity and Inclusion Oversight Group established to provide leadership and guidance in relation to the progress of work across this agenda
  • Working with schools to develop context-specific action plans including training plans and a focus on developing an inclusive culture
  • Recruitment and selection processes and practice have been revised
  • Reverse mentoring programme established
  • Ethnicity Pay Gap report produced annually
  • Ethnic Minority Middle Leaders network launched with the aim of increasing skills and confidence encouraging progression to leadership pathways
  • Focus groups with middle and senior leaders held across the Group to discuss barriers to career progression for ethnic minority teachers
  • Guidance for schools’ procurement created to encourage the inclusion of a question relating to Diversity & Inclusion
  • “Speak Up and We Will Listen” campaign to encourage staff to report issues.

You can read our gender pay gap reports here

United Learning comprises: United Learning Ltd (Registered in England No: 00018582. Charity No. 313999) UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee.
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