Equality and Diversity
Celebrating diversity and working to achieve the creative potential in all our students is at the heart of the work of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama. It is committed to training and supporting the most talented students, regardless of ethnicity, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation or religion. Applicants to the Conservatoire schools are chosen solely on the basis of their talent and potential to develop the skills required for their chosen profession.
The Conservatoire aims to meet, and where possible exceed, its legal obligations regarding equality and diversity. To fulfil this aim the Conservatoire employs an Equality and Diversity Manager, Lois Keith, and has established an Equality and Diversity Group comprising Conservatoire staff and representatives from all eight schools. This group led the development of the Conservatoire’s Disability Equality Scheme in 2006 and the Gender Equality Scheme in 2007.
Equality Schemes and Action Plan
We currently have a single equality plan for 2012 - 2015, which takes into account the requirements of the Equality Act. The Conservatoire is committed to placing a similar emphasis on other areas of equality and diversity to ensure that students from ethnic minorities and other under-represented groups have the opportunity to train at the schools and are given support.
If you would like to view the Conservatoire’s previous Equality Schemes, you can download them here:
- Interim Equality Action Plan 2010-2011
- Review of Equality Schemes 2006-2009
- Gender Equality Scheme 2007
- Disability Equality Scheme 2006
If you would like to view the Conservatoire's Equality and Diversity Action Plan for 2012-15, or our recent reviews of progress, you can view or download the PDF documents below:
- Equality Action Plan 2012 - 2015 (updated 2014)
- Review of Progress and Achievements in Equality and Diversity in 2014
- Review of Progress and Achievements in Equality and Diversity in 2013
- Review of Progress and Achievements in Equality and Diversity in 2012
If you would like to view these documents in an alternative format, please contact our Communications and Projects Coordinator, Emma Swift (firstname.lastname@example.org) or our Equality and Diversity Manager, Lois Keith (email@example.com).
Inclusive Practice and Alternative Assessment
The Conservatoire has developed guidelines on inclusive practice and alternative forms of assessment for students with specific learning difficulties, including examples of good practice from the Conservatoire Schools.
You can view or download the guidance via the link below:
A Conservatoire target for 2013-14 was to develop actions to promote good relationships between groups of students with different sexual preferences and prevent homophobia. This action was developed in response to concerns raised by members of the Equality and Diversity Committee (E&DC), particularly in schools where students are admitted at age 16.
You can view or download the guidance we have developed as a part of this work via the link below:
Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing
If you would like to view the Conservatoire’s Guidelines to Mental Health and Wellbeing, including our leaflets for staff and students, you can download them here:
- Guidelines to mental health and wellbeing
- Responding to students with disordered eating
- Leaflet: Staff guidance on supporting students showing signs of mental distress
- Poster: Procedure for supporting students with mental health difficulties
- Student leaflet: Do you know someone who is experiencing mental distress?
- Student poster: are you worried about the mental health of someone you know?
Support for Disabled Students
If you would like more information on the support the Conservatoire offers its disabled students, please follow the link below:
Other Equality Resources
- The Conservatoire's Religion and Belief Equality Policy for Students
- Discussion paper: capturing data on students with mental health difficulties (January 2015)
- Checklist on Equality and Diversity Information on School Websites (November 2014)
- Guidelines on Recruiting and Supporting Disabled Members of Staff