Supporting staff too
The PSEDdefinition (2011) applies to staff and learners. As a social justice sector, workforce equality and diversity is important for education and training organisations to provide a safe, fair and supportive organisational culture that embodies 'equality and diversity in action' on a day to day basis for staff, learners and stakeholders.
Valuing and supporting equality, diversity and social mobility makes great business sense for education and training providers and will provide positive role models from all protected groups for peers and learners.
Learner voice and workforce equality
As the NUS liberation campaigns and the Education and Training Foundation Pop-up Equalities Consultation (2014) illustrate, learners support action to deliver equality in education and training. They are concerned that the workforce providing their education and training:
reflects the diverse society in which they live and work now and in the future
is able to support them to develop their knowledge and and skills in equality and diversity
Our sector track record
We know from national inquiries and research studies over more than a decade that the education and training sector does not always have a positive track record on workforce equality and diversity. See for example:
Sources of workforce equality and diversity information
Have a look at our Equalities Signpost for links to websites and organisations that provide information on workforce equality and diversity.