Equality, diversity and inclusion

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We believe that everyone benefits when we put equality, diversity and inclusion at the core of what we do.

What's possible when we use our influence to improve inclusivity?

We realise the unique influence and position we have in education and assessment and that we need to continue to use that responsibly. At AQA, we:

  • want to make meaningful change
  • listen to you and your students
  • work for everyone to be represented
  • improve our culture as well as our curriculums
  • do all we can to make sure no learner is left behind.

We know we don’t have all the answers, but we’re committed to keeping you informed and involved with the work we’ve done, we’re doing and the work we want to do in the future.

Questions matter, that’s why we ask them.

The work we’ve done

When we question our thoughts and actions we create more inclusive assessments for all. Here’s what we’ve done so far:

Diversity in the study of beliefs and worldviews

Diversity in the study of beliefs and worldviews

Our Head of Curriculum for Religious Studies, Esther Zarifi, talks about the work her team has been doing, and reflects on what equality, diversity and inclusion means for the study of beliefs and worldviews.

New diverse plays added to our Drama qualifications

New diverse plays added to our Drama qualifications

We’re giving GCSE and A-level Drama students access to a more diverse range of texts by adding four new plays by writers from ethnic minority backgrounds to our courses.

GCSE Media Studies students to study Marcus Rashford

GCSE Media Studies students to study Marcus Rashford

We’ve added the Manchester United and England footballer’s use of social media to our course due to his high-profile charitable work and his stance against racism in sport.

Enhancing future life goals with AQA Unlocking Potential

Enhancing future life goals with AQA Unlocking Potential

Discover how our Unlocking Potential programme, run jointly with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust aims to bring out the best in young people to enhance their aspirations in life.

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The work we’re doing

We know what’s possible when we all use our influence to improve inclusivity. Here’s what we’re currently working on:

A path to Maths and English success for SEN learners

A path to Maths and English success for SEN learners

Discover how we’re helping special educational needs (SEN) coordinators in schools use our Unit Award Scheme to support SEN learners on the journey towards GCSE success.

Free on-demand EDI training for teachers

Free on-demand EDI training for teachers

Access our free and on-demand GCSE English training to explore practical ways of finding an inclusive pathway to A Christmas Carol.

Accessibility for all in GCSE languages Watch now

Accessibility for all in GCSE languages

Watch how we continue to provide a great assessment experience that’s accessible for all students studying our modern foreign language assessments.

Listening to students and teachers: GCSE History

Listening to students and teachers: GCSE History

Learn how you can get involved as we continue to listen to your views to shape the future of our history curriculum and further embed equality, diversity and inclusion.

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The work we we want to do

The most important part of diversity and inclusion is knowing our work is never done. Here’s what we’re focusing on next:

Economics: where are all the girls?

Economics: where are all the girls?

Dr Roberta Keys explores what can be done about the gender imbalance in Economics on the AQi blog.

English Literature: authoring a more diverse curriculum

English Literature: authoring a more diverse curriculum

We’re looking at how to develop our set text offer to improve diversity, making sure we hear and support teachers without making tokenistic changes.

Drivers and implications of post-16 education

Drivers and implications of post-16 education

To what extent do young people’s beliefs, experiences and home circumstances influence their educational choices and future socio-economic status?

Our research into inclusion and attainment

Our research into inclusion and attainment

Discover how attending the annual Inclusion and Inspiration Conference is informing our researcher Katy’s approach to inclusion.

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Tel: 0800 197 7162

Email: aqa@aqa.org.uk

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