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Delivering education and
apprenticeships across the region

Anchored in the Leeds City Region, our member organisations are Harrogate College, Keighley College, Leeds City College, Leeds Conservatoire, Leeds Sixth Form College, University Centre Leeds and the White Rose Academies Trust. Together, we are inspiring a whole generation of people and new leaders who will go on to make their own impact on the region and beyond.

Benefitting the communities
we sit in the heart of

With our shared experiences, ambition and deep understanding of providing teaching, training and apprenticeships to learners from early years through to higher education, we learn from each other and make each other stronger to benefit the diverse communities we sit right in the heart of.

Providing
opportunity for all

We make sure every single one of our 30,000 pupils, students and apprentices, irrespective of their background, has the opportunity to progress to a more successful future. Everything we do is for them, and we work hard to give them incredible learning and life experiences, in a wholly inclusive and supportive environment.

Empowering
each other

Luminate Education Group provides our member organisations with a unified stability, so we have more of an influence locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. We join up on a strategic level and empower each other to achieve our individual goals, which are all rooted in improving the communities we operate in. We are a team entirely committed to making good things happen for our students, pupils and apprentices.

Putting students first,
always

We work in partnership with the region, and have strong relationships with local authorities, employers, third sector organisations and regulatory bodies.

By working together with other organisations, we make bigger and better things happen, and create the best possible outcomes for our pupils, students and apprentices.

Read our group strategy

A pioneering
education group

Luminate Education Group is a collective of education providers based in Yorkshire with one clear purpose: to make a positive difference to people’s lives through genuinely transformative education and training.

How can we work together?

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Equality, diversity and inclusion

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are stitched tightly into the fabric that makes Luminate Education Group what it is today. We believe it’s what sets us apart. We have unwavering principles as a group, which underpin how we behave, how we are with each other, and our expectations of the people we meet. These beliefs permeate to our core and are built from the ground up. We’ve done a lot of work and self-reflection to get where we are now.

As a large education group, we influence a huge number of young people and adult learners, and how they view and interact with the world. We take that responsibility seriously.

We don’t sit
on the fence

As an organisation, we don’t shy away from issues; we’re not passive supporters. Every day, we go out of our comfort zones to challenge ourselves, and others, on the systematic prejudices that exist and how we move forward. We believe that if you don’t stand firmly against discrimination, you are part of the problem.

We live and
breathe EDI

Like us, our member organisations live and breathe EDI and go way beyond statutory requirements to push out historical boundaries and systematic barriers for our staff, students, pupils and apprentices. While each member champions their own approach to EDI, we come from a unified stance on our values and inclusivity, and the commonality is that we never stop trying to learn and improve.

Together, we have the pace and power to mobilise communities and make the world a bit better.

We value
difference

We value difference and we recognise that we need a diverse range of perspectives, experiences and personalities to innovate, deliver better outputs, and maximise the potential of our students and communities.

We want to improve the diversity of our staff to better reflect our students, and we actively encourage applications from underrepresented groups. We embed inclusion into our practices when recruiting staff, and in all our dealings with stakeholders.

Everyone deserves
great opportunities

We create academic and social opportunities for every child, young person and adult, and value the diversity of their ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, disability, religion and social background. We actively welcome stateless young people and adults, refugees and asylum seekers, and people living in poverty.

We choose to work with people who share our values, who treat others fairly, and with respect and dignity. Consciously and subconsciously, this weaves into how our pupils, students, apprentices and staff behave with others and positively influence their communities.

Constructing curriculums
that reflect our students

Equality, diversity and inclusion are integrated into our learning schemes and experiences, curriculum planning, and delivering teaching, learning and assessment.

We are actively decolonising curriculums and reconstructing them to better reflect and celebrate our Luminate communities.

Using an
authentic voice

Our vision is to create learning environments where everyone feels valued, safe and can fulfil their potential. Where they can use their voice authentically. To achieve this, we hold ourselves accountable to high standards of behaviour and we seek to amplify the voices of those marginalised in society.

We have a board, groupwide EDI committee and EDI policy governed by the Equality Act 2010, that direct us to achieve our vision safely, consistently, and in accordance with the law. It must be followed by all our members, visitors and sub-contractors.

We have over 60 equality champions within the group and provide every opportunity for our people to become active allies of underrepresented groups. There are staff forums dedicated to race equality, disability and neurodiversity, LGBT+ and working carers.

Calling out
discrimination

There is no neutral space when it comes to discrimination at Luminate Education Group. While we always look for the learning opportunity rather than a punitive one, we do not tolerate individual’s beliefs and values being manifested in a way that intimidates, humiliates or creates a hostile or degrading learning or working environment.

We actively challenge behaviour which is inconsistent with our values.

We listen
and we learn

We promote positive experiences and relational warmth as a key feature in our organisations, and draw on practice informed by restorative approaches, to improve emotional wellbeing and mental health.

This promotes a culture of mutual respect and ensures the voices of both our people and students are captured and listened to in any decision-making process. We are not a rigid workforce in any sense; our starting point is always ‘why’, with a goal of learning and personal growth from negative situations.

Community
comes first

We seek to work with ethical and sustainable organisations, and develop relationships with diverse and local businesses, to invest in community economic growth and wellbeing. Our procurement processes and employer engagement expect a strong values base and commitment to EDI. We actively build relationships with voluntary organisations and charities and seek to give something back through social action.

  • We don’t sit
    on the fence

    As an organisation, we don’t shy away from issues; we’re not passive supporters. Every day, we go out of our comfort zones to challenge ourselves, and others, on the systematic prejudices that exist and how we move forward. We believe that if you don’t stand firmly against discrimination, you are part of the problem.

  • We live and
    breathe EDI

    Like us, our member organisations live and breathe EDI and go way beyond statutory requirements to push out historical boundaries and systematic barriers for our staff, students, pupils and apprentices. While each member champions their own approach to EDI, we come from a unified stance on our values and inclusivity, and the commonality is that we never stop trying to learn and improve.

    Together, we have the pace and power to mobilise communities and make the world a bit better.

  • We value
    difference

    We value difference and we recognise that we need a diverse range of perspectives, experiences and personalities to innovate, deliver better outputs, and maximise the potential of our students and communities.

    We want to improve the diversity of our staff to better reflect our students, and we actively encourage applications from underrepresented groups. We embed inclusion into our practices when recruiting staff, and in all our dealings with stakeholders.

  • Everyone deserves
    great opportunities

    We create academic and social opportunities for every child, young person and adult, and value the diversity of their ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, disability, religion and social background. We actively welcome stateless young people and adults, refugees and asylum seekers, and people living in poverty.

    We choose to work with people who share our values, who treat others fairly, and with respect and dignity. Consciously and subconsciously, this weaves into how our pupils, students, apprentices and staff behave with others and positively influence their communities.

  • Constructing curriculums
    that reflect our students

    Equality, diversity and inclusion are integrated into our learning schemes and experiences, curriculum planning, and delivering teaching, learning and assessment.

    We are actively decolonising curriculums and reconstructing them to better reflect and celebrate our Luminate communities.

  • Using an
    authentic voice

    Our vision is to create learning environments where everyone feels valued, safe and can fulfil their potential. Where they can use their voice authentically. To achieve this, we hold ourselves accountable to high standards of behaviour and we seek to amplify the voices of those marginalised in society.

    We have a board, groupwide EDI committee and EDI policy governed by the Equality Act 2010, that direct us to achieve our vision safely, consistently, and in accordance with the law. It must be followed by all our members, visitors and sub-contractors.

    We have over 60 equality champions within the group and provide every opportunity for our people to become active allies of underrepresented groups. There are staff forums dedicated to race equality, disability and neurodiversity, LGBT+ and working carers.

  • Calling out
    discrimination

    There is no neutral space when it comes to discrimination at Luminate Education Group. While we always look for the learning opportunity rather than a punitive one, we do not tolerate individual’s beliefs and values being manifested in a way that intimidates, humiliates or creates a hostile or degrading learning or working environment.

    We actively challenge behaviour which is inconsistent with our values.

  • We listen
    and we learn

    We promote positive experiences and relational warmth as a key feature in our organisations, and draw on practice informed by restorative approaches, to improve emotional wellbeing and mental health.

    This promotes a culture of mutual respect and ensures the voices of both our people and students are captured and listened to in any decision-making process. We are not a rigid workforce in any sense; our starting point is always ‘why’, with a goal of learning and personal growth from negative situations.

  • Community
    comes first

    We seek to work with ethical and sustainable organisations, and develop relationships with diverse and local businesses, to invest in community economic growth and wellbeing. Our procurement processes and employer engagement expect a strong values base and commitment to EDI. We actively build relationships with voluntary organisations and charities and seek to give something back through social action.

We are driven by a common purpose

We are a large group of people coming together, asking what’s important and putting students, pupils and apprentices at the heart of everything we do. Our culture runs throughout the family of member organisations within our group. We all have a social conscience and a deep responsibility towards our communities, and to provide education that is sustainable and transformative.

We are collaborative

Our shareholders are our staff and students, and collectively we decide where our organisation goes. Our people are encouraged to be autonomous, and we learn from everyone we meet.

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