Equality, diversity and inclusion: first steps

Equality, diversity and inclusion: first steps

Module at a glance:
Equality, diversity and inclusion: first steps

The purpose of this module is to:

  • Introduce you to Implicit Association Tests (IATs) and ask you to consider your biases (via the Harvard IATs)
  • Enable you to make assess your and your boards, current EDI considerations and progress
  • Allow you to consider how comfortable you are to move diversity and inclusion work forward in your organisation
  • Enable you to gage your current level of knowledge and thinking around certain topics beyond legislation
Study time: Approximately 10 mins

NGA are pleased to have partnered with ASCL to develop a programme of e-learning modules intended to focus on creating an inclusive culture through practice, and going beyond compliance by giving users the knowledge, understanding and tools to do so.

This module is the first in the programme, and is intended to help guide and track your EDI journey as you undertake the learning.

Using Implicit Association Tests (IATs) this module invites you to consider your own implicit biases, how comfortable you are with nuanced language around protected characteristics, and where your school is in its own EDI journey.

Your responses to these initial questions will be revisited to throughout the programme, so you will have the opportunity to receive a copy of your results via email so that you can track any progress or changes in thinking as you go.

The module is freely available through the Learning Link trial and in the usual way as part of a full Learning Link subscription. There are three other planned modules which will be available in the future. Find out more about the rest of the modules.

Our subject matter expertise

The content of this module has been written by the following subject matter experts:

Hannah Jepson, Business Psychologist, Co-founder and Director LGBTed, Director Engaging for Success 

Hannah Jepson

Hannah is committed to driving social change by helping organisations become more inclusive. Her passion is in supporting individuals, businesses, and organisations to embrace diversity and inclusion, with a key focus on intersectionality.

In 2018, Hannah founded LGBTed, a national LGBTQ+ network in order to drive meaningful and sustainable social change through enabling greater LGBTQ+ visibility in the education system. As Director, she is a member of the national equality and diversity forum for education and is currently working with DfE, NGA, Governors for Schools, ASCL, NASBTT and other national education organisations to develop the national conversation around diversity and inclusion in education.

Hannah is the Director of Engaging for Success, an organisation that delivers solutions to support organisations in becoming more inclusive. Her projects include delivering impactful D&I solutions for organisations including supporting organisations to become truly anti-racist and LGBTQ+ inclusive, and developing behavioural competency frameworks and recruitment & assessment solutions for leaders in schools and across a range of sectors.

“I think the NGA are doing some really important work to make change happen at a system level and that's why I'm delighted to work in partnership with the team to develop EDI training for governors that shifts the dial towards true inclusion, taking into account where each school/trust is at on their journey and supporting them to make progress in a sustainable way for young people, staff and parents.”

Adelaide Chitanda, Senior Advice Officer

Adelaide ChitandaAdelaide is a senior advice officer at the NGA. She provides advice to Gold members via email and telephone, alongside writing for the website, magazine and weekly newsletter.

Prior to joining NGA, Adelaide was a research assistant for an insight and intelligence agency specialising in higher education. She also studied Criminology at the University of Manchester.


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