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Stephen Lawrence Education Standard

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Welcome to the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard Website

The Stephen Lawrence Education Standard (SLES) is unique to Leeds. It was developed in partnership between former Education Leeds, the Leeds City Council and Black and Minority community representatives, in response to the tragic murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 and the publication of the Macpherson Inquiry Report into Stephen’s death in 1999.

The award was the first of its kind in the country and the Standard was launched in 2003, evolving from a competitive award established in 2000. 

The Standard is awarded to schools, early years centres and colleges which demonstrate knowledge, understanding and evidence of promoting inclusion and race equality to help transform education.

Around 77 per cent of Leeds’ 263 schools have already achieved the award, with many more working towards it. In 2010 the programme was launched nationally and is now available to schools and learning settings across the country.

The programme provides a powerful framework and programme for schools and learning settings to work in partnership to enrich and improve the learning experience of children, young people and adults.  We want to make Leeds the best city in the UK for children and young people to grow up in - and the Standard fits perfectly with this vision of a truly Child Friendly City.

If you would like to express an interest in the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard then please use the contact form below.

To find out more please see the Further Information section and related documents.  More updates coming soon.

Further information:

What is the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard?

The Stephen Lawrence Education Standard (SLES) is a powerful framework for schools and learning institutions to ensure race equality is embedded across the whole school and that duties from legislation are fulfilled.
The Standard is awarded to schools and learning institutions which demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and evidence of promoting inclusion and race equality to help transform education.

How did the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard develop?

The Stephen Lawrence Education Standard was developed in partnership between former Education Leeds, the Leeds City Council and Black and Minority community representatives, in response to the tragic murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 and the publication of the Macpherson Inquiry Report into Stephen’s death in 1999.
The award was the first of its kind in the country and the Standard was launched in 2003, evolving from a competitive award established in 2000.

What are the aims of the standard?

The Stephen Lawrence Education Standard is the first of its kind nationally, and has been designed to:
  • Develop effective leadership and a whole school approach which embeds race equality into the life of the school.
  • Make sure the duties of the Equality Act 2010 are fulfilled
  • Examine policies and their outcomes, and to guard against causing disadvantage for any section of our communities.
  • Acknowledge and celebrate existing good practice in promoting race equality and ethnic minority achievement in schools.
  • Empower children and young people to become responsible citizens of the world.
  • Improve outcomes for children, young people and adults in school.

What are the benefits of participating in the standard?

There are many benefits for schools and learning institutions to participate in the standard, whether they have a diverse population or are mainly all-white, including:
  • Improved achievement for children and young people;
  • Opportunities for partnerships, transformation and innovation;
  • Empowering your people to become responsible global citizens; and
  • A clear structure for promotion and championing race equality.

Who is eligible to apply?

Updated information coming soon! In the meantime, please get in touch with us using the Contact Us enquiry attached to this page.

How much does it cost to take part?

Updated information coming soon! In the meantime, please get in touch with us using the Contact Us form.

Where can I express my interest in the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard?

Please get in touch with us using the Contact Us form. We look forward to hearing from you.

How long is the standard valid for?

The Standard is valid for three years. After this period, you will have the opportunity to re-submit your maintained and expanded portfolio of evidence for revalidation.

When is the deadline for submission?

In Leeds, the recommended deadline for submissions for assessment is the 30th June, however we do welcome submissions at any point during the school term.
Nationally, schools and other learning institutions are welcome to get in contact at any point during the school term.

Where can I find a list of schools and learning settings involved with the standard?

Information coming soon! In the meantime, please get in touch with us using the Contact Us form.

What training is available to support our work on the standard?

New information and events coming soon! In the meantime, please get in touch with us using the Contact Us form.

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