Creating Inclusive Environments – for Staff

A Participate staff session

This session is designed to help institutions better understand how to create environments that are genuinely welcoming, enabling and flexible to the varying needs of its students. Honing in on inclusion, we will unpack what it means, and how we can create a truly inclusive environment.

Available as

  • Online training
  • OR
  • In-person training


  • 2 x 90-min sessions online
  • OR
  • 1 x 3.5 hour session in-person


  • Maximum 20 participants
  • Ability to tailor for you

Want to learn more? Read on for detailed information about the course. Contact our team on or make an enquiry for further information and bookings.

Why train with Tonic? We are a leading EDI training provider, offering courses designed specifically for the arts and creative environments. But crucially, each time you book a course with Tonic you also help support our work driving change across the industry. Win, win.

“Thought provoking and genuine. Didn’t give in to the temptation to tick boxes or be idealistic.”

participant, 2021

About the Course

Creating environments that are genuinely welcoming, enabling and are flexible to the varying needs of different students is vital to any institution achieving greater equality, diversity and inclusion. Whether focusing on environments used by their students or by visiting artists, this course gives participants the tools to make them more inclusive. 

Taking the concept of an ‘inclusive mindset’ as a central concept, the training encourages participants to consider how, by reframing their thinking about their working environments, they can be more attentive and responsive to the needs of others. 

Looking across both organisational culture and the practical realities of how environments operate, the training uses specific examples from the performing arts, guiding participants through a structured process of thinking around the necessary steps needed to build truly inclusive environments.

performers on stage during a theatre rehaersal
Photo by Hamish Kale

What we’ll cover

  • The core principles: what the terms ‘equality’, ‘diversity’, ‘representation’ and ‘inclusion’ mean; how they differ and how they interconnect
  • Examples of what inclusion within the workplace could look like
  • An inclusive mindset – what it means and how to cultivate one
  • Space to consider the culture of your institution and what it says to those working or learning within it
  • Space to consider through practical examples what cultivating an inclusive mindset could look like
  • Safe space to ask questions

You’ll come away with

  • An understanding of the core principles around equality, diversity and inclusion
  • An understanding of what it means to cultivate an inclusive working and learning environment
  • Practical tools to make change happen in your institution
  • Further ideas on areas specific to your work in which these tools may be applied to drive a positive change

Course details

  • Available both online or in-person
  • Delivered as 2 x 90-minute sessions online OR 1 x 3.5 hour session in person
  • Maximum 20 participants

Keen to learn more? Make an enquiry or contact our team at for further information.


Yes, please email to arrange a time to discuss your needs with a member of the team.

Yes, we would be happy to discuss bundling this course with others that we offer. We can also create bespoke sessions just for you. Find out more on our bespoke training page or email to discuss what we can do for you.

We deliver our online training through live Zoom sessions. We provide links and look after all the technical set-up. You and your colleagues simply need to log on. If you have any access queries in relation to our online training, please contact

Participate is Tonic’s programme of training created specifically for schools, colleges and conservatoires in the performing arts. It’s designed to help both students and staff address a range of topics in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion, to help them cultivate a safer and more inclusive training environment, and to provide advice and tools they can take with them.
Find out more

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Participate. Training created specifically for students of performing arts colleges and conservatoires, and their teachers.

Make an enquiry

All enquiries welcome! If you are interested in booking this course, or just need some more information, please complete the form below and one of our team will be in touch. Or email us direct at

Tonic – For greater equality, diversity and inclusion in the arts