Our first ever Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Month opened with a focus on Black History Month and this week we’ve been looking at mental health. Over the last fortnight, we’ve shared a wide range of materials and resources to support our tutors’ health, and also for them to use to make their sessions more inclusive.

We curated various materials from a range of sources to give tutors talking points for sessions as well as background reading for themselves.

And, in October so far, we’ve shared several tutorials, videos and articles, along with a CPD session, on our tutor training platform Thinqi.

Amongst a wealth of ED&I materials in our online library, we have:

  • Some fabulous free resources from theblackcurriculum.com, including histories of Mary Seacole and Mary Prince,
  • The Black Curriculum podcast, the first episode of which looks at pre-colonial Britain,
  • Teachwire’s article on how to talk to children about racism, with some great practical strategies,
  • The fabulous Arree Chung’s book Mixed. Mixed is an engaging, beautifully illustrated story which champions diversity and encourages thoughtful conversations with primary pupils. We recommend for Y3/4 Primary Reading sessions. We used the book for the basis of our World Book Day at ESSA Primary School, Bolton earlier this year.
  • We also shared this calendar with a focus on a different person for each day of the month – from civil rights activist Rosa Parks to rugby player James Peters – along with some useful texts and poems too.

And, this week, in our Thinqi library, we’ve shared:

You can also read our mental health blog series from some of our tutors and alumni:

You can join the conversation on socials by using the hashtag #EDIMonth and tagging us @TheTutorTrust. 

Next week our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Month subject is LGTBQ+ inclusivity.