Equality, diversity and inclusion 


ASCL is committed to supporting and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) among school, college and trust leaders, and in our own organisation. ASCL’s 2019-20 President, Rachael Warwick, chose this as the theme of her presidential year and she continues to lead on this work in her year as ASCL’s Immediate Past President.

On 10 June 2021, ASCL joined sector bodies and national associations to demonstrate our commitment to tackling issues related to equality, diversity and inclusion in education. Read our statement of actions and commitments on equality, diversity and inclusion in education here

We plan to continue the focus this year on actions around the three protected characteristics of sex, race and sexual orientation. We hope, however, that this work will have a beneficial impact on the way in which we and our members also consider the needs and challenges of people with other protected characteristics.

Download the plan

Leaders' Networks
We have now established the ASCL Ethnic Diversity Network, the ASCL LGBT+ Leaders' Network, and the ASCL Women Leaders' Network. Please visit their individual pages via the links to find out more. 

To join any of our leaders' networks and for an invitation to the next meeting, please contact CorporateAdmin@ascl.org.uk indicating the network you would like to join. 

Flexible Working Practice: ASCL is shining a light on school and college leaders who are working either part-time or flexibly in their leadership roles, and hope that by sharing these case studies, it will encourage more school leaders, governing bodies and trust boards to explore creative approaches to succession planning and recruitment into leadership roles.  Read the case studies here or follow the link in the box below.

Guidance papers
Implementing Fair and Transparent Recruitment Processes
Public Sector Equality Duty 
Further resources will follow over the coming months.  

Leader articles
Voices for change by Dr Nic Crossley, Issue 118, Spring Term 2, 2021
Dual role model by Anna Paul, Issue 117, Spring Term 1, 2021
Be Seen, Be Heard by Headteacher, ASCL Council member and Chair of ASCL BAME leaders' network Evelyn Forde, Issue 115, Autumn Term 1, 2020
Strengthening Inclusivity by ASCL SEND and Inclusion Specialist Margaret Mulholland, Spring Term 1, 2020
Diverse Thinking by ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton, Issue 111, Autumn Term 2, 2019
Change Makers by Gohar Khan, Issue 111, Autumn Term 2, 2019
Leading Women by Carol Jones and Gwen Temple, Issue 110, Autumn Term 1, 2019

ASCL blogs
A case for leadership diversity by Vivienne Porritt, Co-Founder and Strategic Leader of #WomenEd
LGBTQ+ in education by Hannah Jepson,  Co-Founder and Director of LGBTed
School leadership is getting more diverse – but not quickly enough by ASCL Director of Policy Julie McCulloch