Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

Our commitment to EDI

  • Providing Employee Resource Groups (ERG’s)
  • Creating a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment where everyone can thrive and be their authentic selves
  • Consistently updating our EDI dashboard to demonstrate and track the organisations diversity
  • Annually publishing our Gender Pay Gap online, demonstrating our dedication to transparency and equality
  • Being a Disability Confident Leader
  • Actively promoting respectful behaviours
  • Running awareness-raising campaigns on matters of cultural inclusion and belonging
  • Proactively challenging prejudice and bias to create a fair and equitable working and learning environment
  • Offering an array of learning and development opportunities centered around our EDI initiatives
  • Building the next generation of Black and Minority Ethnic leaders through our Reciprocal Dual Mentoring scheme

Statement of Intent

"Our ambition is to create an inclusive working environment where each person feels welcomed, valued and can thrive, with equality and inclusion embedded into everything that we do. This relies on us attracting and retaining the best talent by ensuring that everyone is committed to creating an inclusive, diverse, inspiring, and trusted environment."

We understand the importance of providing interactive, engaging, and informative diversity and inclusion training sessions. We offer diversity and inclusion training that empowers you to become more empathetic, understanding, and culturally aware. We provide training for:

  • Neurodiversity, Invisible Illness & Disability
  • Challenging Gender Assumptions
  • Men’s Mental Health
  • LGBTQ+ Allyship
  • Supporting trans staff and students through transition
  • Unconscious bias

Our employee resource groups are available for you to connect and build communities with other colleagues with shared lived experiences and identities as yourself.

We understand the significance of inclusion, belonging, and the ability to be yourself at work, which is why we have established the following employee resource groups:

  • Racial Equity Network (REN) is open to colleagues who self-identify as Black and Minority Ethnic to discuss and co-create awareness-raising campaigns and programmesand build an inclusive working environment.  
  • LGBTQ+ resource group is a safe space for all gender identities to discuss and co-create awareness-raising campaigns and programmes
  • Menopause Café provides anopportunity for staff to discuss and share menopausal symptoms, tips, and worries in a confidential, inspiring environment
  • Men's Mental Health discusses the importance of men prioritising their health, and well-being and involves the awareness raising of issues impacting men

We have a Diversity and Inclusion Calendar to promote upcoming religious festivals and cultural celebrations. This is in addition to our EDI website which provides information about religious holidays and the cultural events that are important to you.

We are committed to building the next generation of Black, Minority and Ethnic leaders within the organisation. The Dual Mentoring Scheme allows Black and Minority Ethnic colleagues to get valuable opportunities to receive mentoring from senior leaders throughout the organisation whilst senior leaders better understand and discuss the challenges that our black and minority ethnic colleagues face on a day-to-day basis.

This will help us shape a Leadership team that is better able to represent and model appropriate behaviours and deliver informed leadership.

Disability Confident Leader

MD aim to provide an education service which in its teaching, administration and support services, actively promotes equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination on the grounds of age, gender, disability, family or marital/civil partnership status, race, nationality or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religious or other beliefs, or for any other reason which cannot be justified.

As a disability Confident Employer, we pledge to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities. We undertake to interview all applicants with a disability who meet the short-listing criteria for a .

Neuodiversity is an umbrella term that is used to describe the variances and diversity of the human brain. Autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia are some of the neurodiversity terms you may be familiar with, however there are more including people with neurological and mental health conditions.

Everyone is different and everyone deserves to be treated as an individual. Which is why we choose to take a person-centred approach as an organisation when it comes to supporting staff who are neurodiverse.

MD staff regularly complete data for our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion' (EDI) dashboard.

Did you know?

It is estimated that 15% of the UK population are neurodiverse, which is roughly 1 in 7 people.

MD are proud to be a Disability Confident committed and Leader employer as part of the Disability Confident scheme.

Proud to be a Leader

MD is committed to creating an inclusive, diverse, inspiring and trusted environment. We serve a diverse community and seek to develop a workforce that is representative of the community.

We are proud to be a disability confident leader.