Reducing all forms of prejudice-based bullying
- Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education
- Country of Implementation
- United Kingdom
- Western Europe
- First published
“The guide is extremely clear and user-friendly. It will be my go-to place from now on.” A User and Learning Mentor from Bristol, UK
Despite national laws and policies in support of equality, prejudice and discrimination are still present in many schools, leaving children and young people feeling marginalized or excluded. There is a pressing need to change current attitudes and practices in education so that diversity can be better understood. For this reason, the project has worked with schools to create a new guide to help educate people on issues of prejudice and, in so doing, bring it to an end.
Solution, Innovation and Impact
“Equality: Making It Happen” is a practical and user-friendly guide to help schools address equality in all of its aspects. It has been developed by CSIE in close collaboration with eight schools and with contributions from many more. The guide is presented as a three-panel folder. On the left are pull- out reference cards that reflect the protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010: disability, including learning difficulties; sex and gender identity; sexual orientation; culture/ethnicity; religion or belief; pregnancy & maternity; and socio-economic background. Each card offers practical suggestions for action and, on the reverse, key facts and sources of further information and support. The middle section contains equality monitoring questionnaires for students, parents, and school staff and governors; frequently asked questions on key equality challenges to education; information about the law on equality in education; suggested activities for helping students learn about equality, diversity, and human rights and for involving them in protecting children’s rights in school; a section on core values; and information about the guide. On the right are cards that address various aspects of school life. Each card offers practical suggestions for action and, on the reverse, examples of good practices. A CD is also included with electronic copies of all printed materials and additional resources. Materials can be used for teaching and learning activities, assemblies, peer mentoring, school councils, curriculum reviews, staff training, and whole school development.
Funding, Outlook and Transferability
The guide is well suited to adaptation and use in other countries. Other than initial adaptation and production costs, "Equality: Making It Happen" requires no further costs in order to make a substantial impact in schools. Training to support use of the guide has also been developed. Four Equality Workshops were delivered in June, and more will be offered in the UK during the next academic year.