Introduction to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – for Staff

A Participate staff session

Looking for a safe space to explore what we mean by equality, diversity and inclusion? Join us in this session to help you and your team develop an understanding around language and terminology, and learn strategies to help drive positive change in your institution.

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

Crafted specifically for performing arts conservatoires, this training is for people at the outset of exploring equality, diversity and inclusion, or who are keen to fill gaps in their existing knowledge. Using examples specific to the arts and cultural sector to illustrate points and deepen understanding, the training seeks to dispel common misconceptions about equality, diversity and inclusion and embolden participants to make real change in their institutions.

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Tonic Advance Network workshop. Photo by Tom Lovatt.

What we’ll cover

  • The core principles: what the terms ‘equality’, ‘diversity’, ‘representation’ and ‘inclusion’ mean; how they differ and how they interconnect
  • The creative, social and financial benefits of diversity work within arts and culture
  • What this means practically for you as an institution
  • What needs to underpin equality, diversity and inclusion related change for it to be successful
  • Key things that anyone working in a performing arts conservatoire can do to create equality, diversity and inclusion related change
  • Safe space to ask questions

You’ll come away with

  • An understanding of the core principles around equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Confidence with language and terminology
  • 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