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.
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