Equity, Diversity, Inclusion


Create fairness and justice by addressing barriers and providing what individuals need to succeed.


Embracing and valuing differences in identities, cultures, experiences, and perspectives.


Creating an environment where everyone feels welcomed, respected, valued, and empowered to participate and contribute fully.

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Our EDI vision is to ensure a vibrant and inclusive musical community in Barnet, where every child and young person enjoys equitable opportunities to access exceptional musical education, celebrates diversity, and nurtures their unique musical potential. Through this, we aim to cultivate a lifelong love of music, and empowering personal and social growth for all.


We are wholeheartedly committed to implementing the EDI Strategy while working hand in hand with our pledges. Our top priority is to foster inclusion, ensure equitable opportunities, and deepen our understanding while always keeping the best interests of the young people at the core of our efforts. Together, we will create a supportive environment, empowering every young person to thrive and be celebrated for their unique contributions.

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Strategic Priorities

The Strategic priorities are taken from BEAT’s EDI Strategic Report 2022 as the key areas of focus.

EDI Strategic Priorities


  1. We will continuously seek opportunities to enhance our understanding of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) issues through avenues including training and workshops, extensive reading and research, and through collaborations with external organisations and partnerships.
  2. We value and recognise the unique qualities, identities, ideas, voices, and perspectives of all young people in Barnet. By using platforms such as Youth Voice, we shall provide the platform to centre their opinions and make change.
  3. We understand that true inclusion doesn't happen by excluding others. We will foster an inclusive environment that embraces diversity, making everyone feel welcome and valued.
  4. We will focus on breaking down barriers to ensure fair, equitable learning opportunities and support for all, as no one should face obstacles that prevent them from accessing music education.
  5. We will provide regular training sessions and resources to the workforce that aid their understanding that EDI is a shared responsibility in their everyday teaching practices.
  6. We will actively focus on diversifying music education through actions including introducing a broader range of repertoire, providing musical opportunities that extend beyond the traditional focus of Western music, and creating more inclusive performance opportunities that utilise accessible elements such as British Sign Language (BSL) and adapted instruments.

Equality vs Equity

What is the difference between equality and equity?

Equality is about treating everyone the same, and providing the same opportunities, no matter what their circumstances. Equity is about being fair by acknowledging that different people have different needs and circumstances, and that different support may need to be provided to access the same resources.

Equality aims for equal treatment, while equity works towards fairness by considering individual differences and needs, then providing support accordingly.

About the borough

Population, demography and key metrics

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Population by ethnicity

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Family friendly

Population and key statistics

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Further reading