Education today reflects an unprecedented diversity in classrooms, yet the challenge of translating this diversity into our staffrooms and leadership remains. Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I) in the education sector faces persistent, systemic hurdles:
Underrepresentation: A lack of equitable representation in teaching staff and senior leadership roles.
Engagement and Belonging: Lower engagement, performance, and sense of belonging among individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Differential Experiences: Disparities in experiences between employees with protected characteristics and their counterparts.
Limited Career Progression: Scarce opportunities for equitable career progression.
Parental Engagement: Navigating sensitive ED&I conversations with parents.
In Diverse Company is your compass to chart a course towards authentic ED&I in education, transcending tokenistic gestures. Our holistic approach safeguards the interests of all stakeholders – students, teachers, parents, and the wider community, paving the way for unique, measurable, and sustainable change.
Leaders set the tone for organisational culture. Our Leadership Development programme empowers educational institutions to cultivate inclusive leadership practices. We work closely with leaders to foster a culture of diversity and equity within the organisation.
Approach: Our approach includes a leadership survey, training, coaching, and mentoring. We tailor our programmes to meet the unique needs of educational leaders and provide ongoing support.
Key Benefits: This service leads to improved organisational culture, higher employee engagement, and enhanced student success. Inclusive leaders set the tone for the entire institution.
Our Cultural Audit empowers educational institutions to comprehensively assess their Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) landscape.
Approach: We use Quantitative Research such as surveys to capture experiences and perceptions, highlighting trends and areas needing attention. We use Qualitative Research such as focus groups and interviews, collecting firsthand stories and experience to delve deeper into the “why” behind findings. Our trained auditors use Organisational Inclusion Audits to evaluate policies and processes in key areas, ensuring a comprehensive assessment.
Key Benefits: Our service provides data-driven insights for informed decision-making and targeted improvements in EDI practices. From this education institutions develop effective, tailored EDI strategies based on a deeper understanding of their current climate. Assessments often lead to improved policies and practices and stakeholder engagement.
Our training programmes equip faculty and staff with the knowledge and skills to create inclusive learning environments. We focus on developing cultural competence and fostering inclusion.
Approach: We offer a variety of training formats, including in-person workshops, online courses, and blended learning approaches. Our flexible options cater to the unique needs of educational institutions.
Key Benefits: Well-trained educators are better prepared to create welcoming and supportive learning environments, which leads to better student experiences and success.
We offer a customised service to assist educational institutions in enhancing recruitment and retention practices, cultivating diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments.
Approach: – Our approach includes identifying new channels to discover diverse candidate sources, creating inclusive recruitment materials and developing equitable progression opportunities.
Key Benefits: broadening talent pools by attracting candidates from diverse backgrounds, extending support to create equitable progression policies that reduced turnover and promote inclusivity.
We assist educators in creating inclusive curricula that cater to diverse student needs. Our consultancy helps education institutions adapt to the changing educational landscape.
Approach: Our approach involves workshops, resources, and ongoing support. We collaborate closely with educators to enhance their teaching methodologies.
Key Benefits: An inclusive curriculum results in increased student engagement, higher retention rates, and improved academic outcomes. It’s a win-win for both educators and students.
Our consultancy plays a pivotal role in assisting institutions in developing and implementing EDI policies that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Policy Areas: We address a wide range of policy areas, including recruitment, admissions, accommodations, and disciplinary procedures. Our expertise spans various aspects of institutional policy.
Key Benefits: Inclusive policies have a profound impact on the entire organisation, ensuring fairness in areas like recruitment, admissions, accommodations, and disciplinary procedures.
Our student support programmes are designed to empower students from diverse backgrounds. We offer mentorship, counselling, and resource centres to ensure every student thrives.
Programme Types: Our portfolio includes mentorship programmes, counselling services, and dedicated resource centres. We provide comprehensive support tailored to the unique needs of students.
Key Benefits: These programmes lead to increased student retention, academic success, and a strong sense of belonging. We believe that every student deserves the opportunity to excel.
Diverse and Inclusive Environments:
IDC can help you to create an environment where students from all backgrounds feel welcome, valued, and respected, leading to a richer educational experience.
Enhanced Learning Outcomes: Collaborating with IDC can lead to the development of more inclusive teaching practices, ultimately improving learning outcomes for all students.
Improved Reputation: Demonstrating a commitment to EDI can enhance your reputation, attracting a more diverse student body and skilled workforce.
IDC can assist in developing inclusive curricula that reflect diverse perspectives, promoting cultural competence among students and teachers.
IDC can offer training and development programmes that equip staff with the knowledge and skills needed to create an inclusive learning environment.
IDC can help develop future leaders who are well-prepared to thrive in diverse and inclusive environments, contributing to the success of organisations and society at large.
Empowering Women Leaders in Education
In the educational landscape of England, a stark gender disparity existed between men and women in both classroom and leadership roles. While classrooms comprised approximately 70% female teachers and 30% male teachers, leadership roles were overwhelmingly occupied by men, with only 30% female representation. To bridge this gap, the Department for Education (DfE) initiated the “Women Leading in Education Coaching and Mentoring” scheme. We were entrusted with leading and managing this scheme, aiming to empower more women to step into leadership roles through coaching on various themes, including confidence-building and leadership skills development.
Advancing Objectivity in Assessment – Ofqual Guidance Review
Ofqual, the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation, faced a critical challenge regarding their “objectivity in assessment” guidance. With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and the need for teacher-assessed grades for the second consecutive year, Ofqual recognised the importance of refining their guidance. They had previously issued objectivity guidance to teachers to mitigate unconscious bias, and they sought an external partner to critically review and enhance it from a psychology and bias perspective.
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Johanna launched In Diverse Company in 2019 out of a strong belief that there was a better way to create and measure inclusive cultures.
We live by our values, and our approach to our own recruitment policy, team and purpose reflects this. We are a tech company driven by a senior team that are experts in people, with one of the only female CEOs of a HR tech platform across the world.
Our Learning Platform, Include™ is the only LXP that combines Learning and Engagement. Include aims to create more inclusive working cultures and is underpinned by social and behavioural psychology principles.