Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Co-ordinator, The King's School, Canterbury
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In support of deep noticing, deep listening, and systemic equity.
The following questions and considerations are pivotal for my work and my strong hope is that sharing them here provides not just food for thought for you and your school, but food for action.
EDI is not an extra, an act of charity or something we would “like to think” is in a good place. On the contrary, embedding EDI is something that can enrich what we already do.
|Equity objectives are …||To be embedded when we…|
|Parallel narratives are embedded for each subject||… review the curriculum|
|Our anti-discrimination framework is trusted||… manage misconduct|
|Protected characteristics do not equal negative outcomes||… analyse data|
For each of these objectives:
When you review the curriculum (including content and quality of teaching and learning), wherever a contribution to humanity is championed or an event contextualised …
In reality, this is not possible for every aspect of the curriculum but are the current levels of representation good enough – are they fair, reasonable and proportionate?
Rather than looking to ‘normalise’ the experiences of those who share protected characteristics, how can you…
When you manage misconduct, especially when addressing discrimination, to what extent do you centre:
How do you know?
Do you have progressive levels of response – moving from addressing discrimination where the intention to harm is not clear through to something targeted? Are these response levels clear to all of your stakeholders and enforced consistently?
When analysing the following data, do patterns indicate that pupils and staff who share protected characteristics are disproportionately disadvantaged? Underperforming? Overperforming?
|Achievement (attainment and progress)||Career progression|
|Engagement (enrichment events and co-curricular activities)|
The revelations within this data, these patterns, may run contrary to our instincts. They may not be what we wish to hear, but they can certainly inspire and steel our priorities.
For I understand that a commitment to embedding EDI is not an extra. Not an act of charity. Not something we would “like to think” is in a good place. Embedding EDI is data-informed action that enriches what we already do.