ASCL believes that rapid change is needed in the diversity of school and college leaders; removing the barriers that prevent individuals with protected characteristics from reaching senior leadership roles in schools and colleges will help to ensure the best outcomes for all pupils.
ASCL's equalities plan identifies seven key priorities for the academic year 2017/18:
Improve ASCL’s equalities data collection as both an employer and in the collection of data from members.
Improve communication and signposting of equalities networks and services for members.
Work with organisations promoting equalities in the education workforce. ASCL is represented and works in partnership with the grass roots education organisations listed here.
To work more closely with the DfE on delivery of the Equalities and Diversities agenda.
Greater focus on equalities in leadership appointments via ASCL’s Leadership Appointment Service, the DfE, ministers and senior civil servants and the National Governance Association (NGA).
Build on the expertise of ASCL staff around equalities.
Better promote equalities and diversity in our publications and communication channels.
We have already made good progress with these key priorities, in particular:
In April 2017, ASCL’s Parliamentary and Inclusion Specialist Anna Cole chaired a roundtable with key stakeholders in education leadership and grassroots groups, together with school and college leaders, to consider ways to increase the diversity of school and college leaders.
In August 2017, we wrote to Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, outlining three key areas where government can work alongside us. The letter can be read here:
Joint letter to Minister for Women and Equalities 31 August 2017 The response from Nick Gibb can be read here
Nick Gibb response, 15 November 2017
These three key areas, together with our latest initiatives on equality and diversity are discussed further in Diversity in Focus (Leader magazine, October 2017).