Equality, diversity and inclusion 


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

We plan to focus particularly 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. 

In September 2019, we published our EDI Plan for 2019-2020. This plan was informed by many useful discussions with staff, grassroots organisations and school leaders experienced in, and passionate about, the issue of equality, diversity and inclusion, and we continue to engage with these and other groups to further develop our work and practice.

Download the plan

Initiatives and information
BAME leaders' network
ASCL’s new network for BAME leaders met (virtually) for the first time on 5 October. Chaired by Evelyn Forde, headteacher of Copthall School in London and ASCL Council member, the network aims to support BAME members, to inspire potential future BAME leaders, and to guide ASCL in our work to tackle the structural issues which can prevent BAME staff from progressing into leadership roles. 

In this first meeting we shared the work ASCL has done so far in this area, invited inputs from members involved in groundbreaking work locally or nationally, and discussed how members would like the network to operate. The group will meet again in November.

Members who joined last night’s meeting, or who have already expressed an interested in joining the network, will receive an invitation to the next meeting shortly. We would be delighted to hear from other BAME members who would like to join. Please contact CorporateAdmin@ascl.org.uk if you would like to join and receive an invitation to the next meeting. 

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
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
Double Act by Anne Kennedy and Katie Pearce, Issue 105, October 2018

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