DEI Leader's Toolkit

DEI Leader's Toolkit

What is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leader?

A Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leader is responsible for creating inclusive environments, processes and systems which ensure that all stakeholders are valued and are able to progress as their authentic selves.

Often, a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leader will focus on supporting people with protected characteristics as described in the Equality Act 2010 but other factors such as education and socio-economic background have a large part to play in diversity, equity and inclusion work, as well as the intersection of multiple protected characteristics and the impact these have on an individual’s ability to thrive.

An empowered Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leader will be able to affect change and have a positive impact on outcomes for an organisation as a whole and importantly, on the lives of individuals who access it.

The roles and responsibilities of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leader in a school or educational establishment can include but are not limited to:
  • Analysing data to identify barriers for individuals and groups of people
  • Scrutiny of existing policies and practices effecting all stakeholders
  • Evaluating, designing and implementation of a diverse and representative curriculum
  • Supporting teaching and learning to meet the needs of all learners
  • Supporting the safeguarding of students with protected characteristics
  • Working closely with the SENDCO in order to meet the needs of all learners
  • Contributing to the wellbeing strategy for staff and colleagues
  • Working closely with governors and trustees to help drive the impact of DEI for the school
  • Delivering training and updates to staff, governors and trustees
  • Implementing a review and quality assurance strategy to ensure DEI remains current and relevant
  • Celebrating the diversity of their organisation, the UK and the world
  • Providing training for staff including governors in matters relating to The Equality Act 2010 and any changes in terms and methodolog

The role of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leader is particularly challenging due to the need for the person responsible to draw on personal lived experience and or listen to the potentially traumatic lived experiences of others.

Due to this additional workload and the far-reaching scope of the leadership role, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leaders should be given sufficient time, remuneration, emotional support and training to be able to deliver the work to a high standard.

You may want to consider:
  • How sure are we that all senior and executive leaders understand the benefits of DEI for staff and students?
  • How confident are we that our policies, practices and systems allow people with protected characteristics and intersectionality of the same, to aspire to and achieve the level of success they desire?
  • How confident are we in our own assessment or awareness of the experience of people with protected characteristics in our organisation?
  • How can we ensure that we create an environment that is truly inclusive and facilitates good retention of people with protected characteristics?
  • How can we ensure our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leaders have the leadership skills to be able to deliver change management effectively?
  • How do we support the subject knowledge development of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leaders?
  • How do we support the emotional and wellbeing needs of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leaders?
  • How do we ensure that this work is measurable and has accountability across all departments embedded within it?

The links and resources below are aimed at providing you with an overview of DEI leadership as a whole and strategies for creating an inclusive environment rather than specific resources for each protected characteristic. You can get more tools and resources for each protected characteristic via the ‘toolkits’ and ‘resources’ area of this website.

Articles

Forbes, 2021

14 Important Benefits Of A More Diverse Leadership Team.

Read

Guardian

Articles on diversity and equality.

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Harvard Business Review, 2019

Why Inclusive Leaders Are Good for Organizations, and How to Become One

Read

History and Context

Equality Act 2010

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Inclusive Employers

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UK Diversity Timeline

View

Blogs

Hannah Wilson

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Jess Gosling

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Shonagh Reid

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Books

Aitcheson, Sheree. Demanding More.

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Kara, Bennie. Little Guide to Diversity in Schools.

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Reid, Nova. The Good Ally.

View

Podcasts

A Will To Change with Jennifer Brown

Listen

Diversity Toolkit Podcast with Harvey Nash

Listen

The Element of Inclusion with Jonathan Ashong-Lamptey

Listen

Resources

Change Board: Job Description Template

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CIPD

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GTM Hub: How Diversity & Inclusion Leaders Can Drive Measurable Results

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How to Create a Diversity and Inclusion Working Group

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Inclusive Employers: Diversity Calendar

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Supporting People Through Change

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Videos

Diverse Educators On Demand Content

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Fadzi Whandę

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Workplace DEI Best Practices

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Networks

Being the Difference

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Diverse Educators

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D&I Leaders

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