This Action Plan collates all actions related to equality and diversity from existing corporate strategic documents such as our Access and Participation Plan, Periodic Programme Review, National Partnership Strategy, Commissioning Strategy and our Business Plan.

The Action Plan can be found below and will be updated each quarter with progress notes following reporting to our board of governors.

Here is a summary of the key updates / progress against each equality strand of the action plan (for exhaustive update, please feel free to download our latest Action Plan on this page):

1. Building Boards that lead on equality and diversity

  • An audit of Governors’ training needs with regards to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion has taken place to ensure board-wide up-to-date training.
  • Recruitment: Nurole – platform used for new governors search – instructed to focus on applicants from disabled, ethnically diverse and mid-career backgrounds.

2. Equality Strand: Recruiting and retaining and a diverse workforce/student body

  • At least 2 new Kickstart placements have been created
  • External contacts and Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee members have fed back on recruitment packs. Their comments and suggestions were actioned.
  • Data collection: new introductory wording was drafted to encourage more transparency and survey take-up
  • Unconscious bias training (attended by 100% of permanent staff) now offered to casual and hourly paid staff
  • School staff received training on Conservatoire for Dance and Drama Sexual Misconduct, Harassment and Related Behaviours policy
  • New Access and Participation Plan for 2023-25 has been written and submitted to Office for Students including targets. New role has been developed to oversee this work strategically.

3. Equality Strand: Responding to the Creative Case for Diversity

  • Choreodrome and Resolution 2022 were programmed by panels of in-house and freelance artists. The panels included people with diverse lived experiences of gender, race and disability.
  • New partnership with Quiplash/Candco for Choreodrome 2022 focused on supporting blind/visually impaired artists, partnership with Artist 4 Artists for hip hop artists consolidated for Choreodrome 2022.
  • New partnership with Akademi for Resolution to support artists who work with South Asian dance to present work.
  • Staff taken part Inc Arts Against Racism workshop series in Autumn 2021
  • Allocated access budget for Resolution applicants and participants
  • Relaxed performance as part of Christmas run of The Little Prince 2021

4. Equality Strand: Reaching Diverse Audiences

  • Pricing: survey from our Christmas show 86% Strongly agreed and 14% Agreed with the following statement: 'The ticket price was reasonable for the quality of the show and experience.'
  • All public webinars and events continue to be captioned or BSL interpreted.
  • London Contemporary Dance School virtual open day provided a live transcript in lieu of captions
  • Future Cargo has audio description embedded into show
  • Touring production budgets include access provision (SAY's the album and DONUTS)
  • Running 2 after school clubs in 2 of our Partner Schools this year 2021-2022.
  • Classes and courses programme:
    • Adult class includes two Street Dance and a Bharatanatyam class.
    • Children’s programme introduced artists drawing from Street Dance forms (Hip Hop, Popping) and West African forms.
  • New website development project includes access as a key priority and is reviewed throughout the process

Download the latest version of our Action Plan