Equality and diversity fund: for school-led projects

The equality and diversity fund ended on 31 December 2020. This page provides information and links to published analysis of the fund.


Since 2014, the Department for Education (DfE) has provided equality and diversity leadership funding through the equality and diversity fund to support schools to develop local solutions and projects that helped teachers covered by at least one of the protected characteristics, as defined by the Equality Act 2010, progress into leadership.

The equality and diversity fund ended on 31 December 2020.

Analysis of the equality and diversity fund

Analysis of teachers who participated in the projects were carried out as part of end of year surveys to provide insight into how well they felt participation helped them to increase their confidence, develop their leadership style and achieve promotions.

We have published the analysis of responses to the surveys for the 2015 to 2016, 2016 to 2017 and 2017 to 2018 programmes. Results of the end of year survey for the 2018 to 2019 programme will be published shortly.

Published 20 May 2014
Last updated 6 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. The equality and diversity fund ended on 31 December 2020. We have added links to survey analysis for 2015 to 2016, 2016 to 2017 and 2017 to 2018.

  2. Updated 'East of England and north-east London' contact name and email address.

  3. Updated information about applying to regional hub lead schools for funding. Added a list of regional hub lead schools.

  4. Added links to analysis of surveys of participants in Leadership Equality and Diversity Fund, 2015 to 2018.

  5. Changed the title to reflect the new name and to remove outdated information following the announcement of the successful applicant.

  6. Added application details for the East Midlands and the Humber region.

  7. Changes made to the 'Apply' section to reflect the end of the 2018 to 2020 application round and how to see the list of successful schools.

  8. Updated guide as the 2017 to 2018 application round has closed.

  9. Application round is now open.

  10. Application round has now closed

  11. Application round now open

  12. Application round now closed.

  13. Leadership equality and diversity WebEx slides added.

  14. Application round is now open

  15. Application round for the equality and diversity grant funding has closed.

  16. First published.