Module Four provides important methods and approaches which can help support inclusive practices when working with children and young people along with sources of  information, advice and support to further support your efforts in establishing and maintaining an environment of equality and diversity.

Equality Act 2010: Establishing Equality & Diversity Policies

Take a look at the following presentation to see the connection and impact that the Equality Act 2010 has had (and can have) in establishing effective equality and diversity policies. Select the left and right arrows underneath the image to advance through key areas of information contained on each the slides:

Establishing An Inclusive School Setting

The image below contains many of the important aspects found in what can be considered an “inclusive school”. Select each of the tick icons (√) to learn about each aspect:

Challenging Discrimination

The following presentation gives a number of quick pointers for handling discrimination should it arise in your school. Select the left and right arrows underneath the image to advance through key areas of information contained on each the slides:

Barriers to Child Participation

A few barriers to the participation of children and young people within a school’s curriculum (and extra-curricular activities) may include the following:

Physical barriers – which could be lack of access, equipment or resources.

Organisational barriers – This might consist of school policies, lack of training, lack of diversity within the school curriculum–.

Attitude barriers – within the school community; staff, parents, other pupils. 

These three barriers are discussed in a bit more detail below: Each image has accompanying text underneath to help you familiarise yourself with these barriers. Slowly drag the selector to the right until you have familiarised yourself with all three potential inhibitors to child participation:

Removing Barriers to Inclusivity in Schools

The clipboard image below contains many top tips for removing barriers and establishing inclusivity in schools. Select each of the tick icons (√) to familiarise yourself with each best-practice:

Best-Practice for Equality and Diversity in Schools

Five critical best-practices are detailed below: Each image has accompanying text underneath to help you familiarise yourself with these practices. Slowly drag the selector to the right until you have familiarised yourself with all five best-practice principles for equality and diversity in schools:

Information, Advice and Support Resources

• Updated list of statutory policies for schools from the Department for Education (DfE): http://bit.ly/UqOeYY

• Non-statutory advice from the Department for Education to help schools understand how the Equality Act affects them and how to fulfil their duties under the Act: http://bit.ly/VtVdRS

Public Sector Equality Duty Guidance for Schools in England: A practical guide from the Equality and Human Rights Commission that illustrates how the Equality Duty can help schools to raise attainment, tackle bullying and improve behaviour. It includes a series of practical case studies and FAQs.

A short guide that provides young people with information on the Equality Act. It explains what they can do if they think the law is not being followed properly.

• Bill Bolloten is an independent education consultant, specialising in work with schools and local authorities on equalities. Bill provides training for schools and governing bodies, and has developed a toolkit to help them meet their duties under the Equality Act 2010. Bill can be contacted at billboll1@mac.com. He tweets at @SchoolEquality.

• For more primary education best practice and advisory articles from Headteacher Update, click here

Final Knowledge Test

The final knowledge test to follow contains a number of questions to provide you with an opportunity to solidify and retain the information from this course.

To access the final test, click the Equality & Diversity in Education tab underneath the “Module Content” tab below.

Thereafter, on the next page – click the “Start Test” button to begin.

After answering each question proceed through the remaining questions by selecting the “next” button at the bottom right of each set of answers: