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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. As an educational publisher, we take very seriously the responsibility we have to ensure all young people, as well as teachers and parents, see themselves reflected in the books and resources they use, and that we represent the diversity of society past and present.

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 picture storybook or a History textbook.

As ever, we are here to help you; supporting you in the important work you are doing to embrace diversity and inclusion in every classroom.  

There is much work to do; we want to learn, and are committed to improving.

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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.

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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.

Pride Month

Pride at OUP

As part of OUP’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, we have prepared a series of resources, blog posts, articles, that will highlight different aspects of LGBTQ+ life for Pride month in June. From employee experience to representation in our content – OUP’s LGBTQ+ network has worked with different areas of the organization to create opportunities that will allow everyone to learn more and get involved.
Follow @OxUniPress on Twitter to keep up-to-date with our blogs and events for Pride Month.

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


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.

Save 20% and get September ready

20% off Print Resources

Top-up on back-to-school essentials

This back to school, UK schools can save 20% off all secondary print titles, including Student Books – valid until 30th September 2021. Simply add promo code SAVE20 to your shopping basket to take advantage of this offer. Only applies to UK schools.