September 04, 2014

New Diversity Award for Co-operative Primaries


An academy trust with five Leeds based schools is the first in the UK to achieve the brand new ‘Investors in Diversity for Schools’ award.

Woodlands, Oakwood and Brownhill Primary schools, which are part of The Co-operative Academies Trust have successfully received the ‘Investors in Diversity (IID) for Schools’ mark, which helps Schools to assess the impact of equality in their practices (and classroom practice), helps them gather evidence for Ofsted and enables schools to make sense of and comply with recently introduced equality laws.

The new scheme, which is supported and endorsed by the NAHT, is being run by the National Centre for Diversity (NCD), which provides diversity support for many large and multi-national organisations.

Stephen McMullan, Deputy Director of the trust, said: “We see this as a demonstration of our commitment to celebrating the diversity within our schools and an assurance to those of different backgrounds and abilities that we value our workforce, children and their parents. That is why we are the first academy chain to commit to this important quality standard.2

Solat Chaudhry, Chief Executive Officers for NCD said: “We are thrilled that the three schools within the Co-operative Academy Trust have all managed to achieve Stage 2 of the ‘Investors in Diversity for Schools’ Award. They are real pioneers – the first ever to go through the process.  Their early involvement enables us to establish benchmarks which potentially all 26,000 Schools in the UK can now measure themselves against. Well done indeed to the Schools and to the Co-operative Group.”

The National Collage for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and the School leaders’ union NAHT will be key partners at the formal launch in London in the autumn.

“Schools do so much good work around inclusion, which often goes unrecognised, so we are pleased to hear how these three schools have achieved this award. We endorse it and we are partnering with the National Centre for Diversity and the NCTL in launching the award in the autumn. Congratulations to the three academies that are part of the Co-operative Academies Trust.