Last Updated: Thursday, August 26, 2021

Equality and Equity Toolkit

What is this?

The Equality and Equity Toolkit has been developed to support Early Learning and Childcare settings, schools and communities to:

  • understand the principles of equality and equity
  • identify priorities for action
  • implement and evaluate a plan which will create positive impact for all.

Who is this for?

This resource can be used in all educational settings by early learning and childcare practitioners, teachers, practitioners who work with families, parents, children and young people, third sector and national organisations.

The Toolkit provides a range of resources to help practitioners work with their communities to address equality and equity as part of their improvement journey. These include:

  • A Guide to Equality and Equity
  • How Equity and Equality link to Professional Standards
  • Epstein’s Model for home, school and community partnership
  • Evaluation and Planning, including tools and examples
  • Discussion Points
  • Audit tool
  • Practical ideas for engaging more and different families
  • Case studies
  • Resources and Signposting



Improvement questions

  • What do you understand by the term ‘equality and equity’? 
  • What does equality and equity look like in your Early Learning and Childcare setting, school or community?
  • How can equality and equity be approached through the lens of a whole school community approach?
  • In what way can a distributive approach to evaluation lead to higher quality insight in your Equality and Equity improvement journey?
  • What support is available:
    • for your school community’s Equality and Equity plans
    • from your community or others’ experience?

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