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Diversity & Inclusion

Opening conversations and building positive, practical steps together

Every person has their own story, their own experience, and their own perspective on the world. We take very seriously the responsibility we have, to ensure all young people, as well as teachers and parents, feel reflected in the books they read – and are able to see and appreciate people and worlds that may be outside their own experience. We know that diverse and inclusive books can help improve young people’s wellbeing, empathy, confidence, and understanding of the world. 

We are committed to sharing more voices, experiences, ideas, and insights through our publishing and our work with authors, illustrators and partners; whether that’s in a young child’s storybook or a History textbook. 


What are we doing to ensure our books are inclusive? 

  • We consult with third parties who can impart expertise and first-hand knowledge  
  • We seek and champion authors who have lived experience to ensure that characters, topics and settings are authentic, and we are actively working to increase the diversity of our authors
  • We work hard to avoid reinforcing stereotypes in our books and include positive role models who challenge limiting societal expectations
  • We strive to ensure that underrepresented groups are depicted authentically in artwork 
  • We think carefully about the accessibility of our text and illustrations

We’re always working to improve 

There is much work to do; we are dedicated to learning, improving and doing more.

If you would be interested in supporting us with this, then please contact workwithus.education@oup.com

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Lit in Colour

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We’re delighted to have joined Lit in Colour to encourage greater diversity in children’s reading. We will be providing free support for teachers and parents to increase confidence in teaching and discussing a more representative range of books from writers of colour and from minority ethnic backgrounds. This will include a school planning toolkit, as well as reading lists and an expert-led series of podcasts and blogs.

Working with us

We are grateful for the insight, experience, and wisdom of a range of experts and organisations. Thank you for helping us to learn and change. We would be delighted to hear from individuals and associations who are interested in collaborating with us.

Diversity & Inclusion: Call for diverse range of voices to get in touch

Perspectives, reflection and collaboration: Christopher Edge puts out a call for a diverse range of voices to get in touch to work with us to inspire the next generation

Diversity & Inclusion, surprising jobs in publishing

Things you might not know about jobs in publishing: We asked some employees who work in the central service functions of OUP, what might surprise people about their roles.

Featured title: Pirate Mums and free Resource Pack

The Pirate Mums

The Pirate Mums

The Pirate Mums is a heart-warming, funny celebration of different families and a perfect class read for Reception and KS1. The author Jodie Lancet-Grant was moved to create a picture book featuring LGBTQ+ families like hers to read to her twin daughters. Our free Resources Pack includes a guide, activity sheets and bunting.

Read Beth's blog

Blogs

We are delighted to be working with Beth Cox, Inclusion and Equality Consultant, as part of our commitment to taking positive steps to embed inclusion throughout our publications. In this blog post, Beth details some practical, simple ways to support inclusivity in your classroom.

Stories to make a difference

OUP have partnered with Pathways to help aspiring illustrators and writers from under-represented backgrounds take their first steps in the publishing industry. The programme is aimed at preparing aspiring children's illustrators and writers from under-represented backgrounds, especially BAME, to help them forge sustainable careers in children's publishing. You can take a look at the pop up shop for 10 stories that make a difference here.

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