Holding Together—Equalities, Difference and Cohesion

Guidance for School Improvement Planning

June 2009
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    9th June 2009
  • ISBN 9781858564531
  • Language English
  • Pages 112 pp.
  • Size 8.75" x 11.75"

Schools have legal responsibilities to promote equality in relation to disability, ethnicity and gender and to promote community cohesion. Further, they are expected to observe the spirit of legislation concerning age, religion and sexuality. British legislation was introduced piecemeal at different times and in different contexts and use slightly different terminology, which can be confusing for schools. This book shows ways the legal duties can be harmonized with each other and how they can be applied holistically to all curriculum subjects, and to a school’s organization and ethos.

All the different strands are explained in Part 1: age, class, cohesion, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender, sexuality, global issues. In Part 2, all the strands are brought together to show what equality and diversity mean for school policy and action. The implications for every curriculum subject are outlined in Part 3, and Part 4 sets out practical guidance in the shape of legal frameworks, relevant organisations, useful websites and publications.

Introduction: Holding Together; Part 1: Strands and Challenges: Briefing Notes Age; Class; Cohesion; Disability; Ethnicity; Faith; Gender; Sexuality; World; Part 2: Bringing the Strands Together: Connections and Similarities Similarities and Connections; Principles Underlying Legislation; Prejudice-Related Bullying and Behaviour; Big Ideas Across the Curriculum; Talking and Acting to Learn; Changing Language; Part 3: Subjects and Skills: Aspects of Curriculum Content: Art, Craft and Design; Citizenship; Design and Technology; English; Geography; History; ICT—Information and Communication Technology; Mathematics; Modern Foreign Languages; Music; Physical Education; PSHEE—Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education; Religious Education; Science; We Can Change the Future; Part 4: Planning, Legislation and Resources Action and Evaluation; Legal Frameworks; Equalities in the UK: A Timeline Since 1918; Useful Websites; Notes and Sources.

Robin Richardson

Robin Richardson was the drafting editor of Islamophobia - a challenge for us all, published by the Runnymede Trust in 1997. He has since authored or edited further publications on Islamophobia and is frequently invited to give lectures or workshops on the subject, particularly but not only in the field of education.