Diversity in our Curriculum
The British Council Guidelines for Inclusion and Diversity (2010), outlines a range of expectations that we should adopt as an Academy. Amongst them, the following are relevant to our curriculum designs:
“In the school environment, both pupils and staff should learn to appreciate the differences between religions, cultures and sexual orientation in the school community, even if one’s views clash with others’ beliefs.”
“Within the school curriculum, students should be given opportunities to learn about cultural diversity.”
“Schools should educate the whole person; to develop them academically, emotionally physically and morally to achieve their potential.”
“Schools should provide new ways of teaching and learning to help every young person learn well, for example having courses taught by specialist practitioners in intercultural learning to enable the students to benefit from their expertise and passion.”
“Schools should give possibilities to a wider range of cultures and religions, including more diverse language learning.”
As part of our curriculum intent, we aim to ensure students have a broad exposure to today’s multi-cultural Britain and the World, especially in today’s Post-Brexit climate. We want to identify a common thread of diversity through our curriculum plans. We aim to enable pupils to understand the plurality of groups in Britain, including students from Welsh, Scottish and Northern-Irish backgrounds (white ethnicity), to understand that race is not defined as those from distant lands. We believe in the value of teaching students the similarities and differences between people of different races and ethnicities.
In our schemes overviews (soon to be published on our website), you will note that some of our topics are coloured in purple with a “Diversity” symbol next to them.
This indicates that teachers plan to highlight some interesting points about diversity in the teaching of this topic. This may be featuring the work of an important professional in that area who may be from an ethnic minority, or the work of a female in what would historically have been a male dominated industry. It could also be a topic which explores the cultural differences between our own society and others. We believe this is hugely important in our curriculum.