Checkout Assistant “Ok….. can you remove your items from your basket and place them onto the conveyor belt please? Thank you………………. 
*Beeping of the item being scanned* 
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policy/Racial Equity statement following the death of George Floyd in 2020 - check; 
*Beeping of the item being scanned* 
External Diversity, Equity and Inclusion /Race Equality audit commission - check; 
*Beeping of the item being scanned* 
External Diversity, Equity and Inclusion consultants commissioned - check; 
*Beeping of the item being scanned* 
Staff training sessions booked with the solutions to key Diversity, Equity and Inclusion /Race/Sexuality/Religion issues in two sessions or less - check……..” 
If you are a Trust leader or school leader - this may be a little bit (or a lot) tricky to read. 
Some (not all) schools and organisations are missing the point concerning their understanding of how to dismantle and rebuild positive and meaningful diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. They are expecting miraculous results from minimal input - a bit like expecting to lose weight because you have a pair of trainers and a tracksuit in your wardrobe, but you NEVER WEAR THEM TO DO ANY EXERCISE. 
Thankfully this is not universal, but this thinking is out there. 
The idea that one person/one training or awareness session will address the issues that your external audit has discovered is unrealistic. Like an onion, there will be many layers that will need to be stripped back. 
This is where it gets hard. 
This is where the real work begins. 
Begins - not concludes. 
Not stops, or “if I read this, or just do this one thing, it will be fine.” 
If you make the courageous decision to start your analysis of how diversity, equity and inclusion is showing up in your school or organisation, be ready to bypass the supermarket. 
There are no quick fixes that you can pick up. 
No short cuts. 
The work has to be done in real time because this is real life. But it must be sustained by a commitment from the entire community that the work will be done. By everyone. 
Quick fixes are temporary and won’t give you the meaningful results. That is, of course, if you want meaningful results. Avoid the supermarket. There’s nothing there that will help you. 
©Audrey Pantelis 
Elevation Coaching and Consulting 
March 2024 
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