Reducing Discrimination and Prejudice

The school years are a critical time for developing a child’s view of themselves and their individual potential.

Discrimination and prejudice encountered in the classroom can cause damage to a child’s self-esteem and educational outcomes.

Living Well Schools aims to support schools to take a proactive approach, reducing discrimination, prejudice and unconscious bias.

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Spotlight Programs

Linking Schools Programme

The Linking Network seeks to link schools and communities together, and support work on SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural) development that can form a lever for positive whole school change. This includes exploration of British values. Our learning, from the Bradford local school linking programme, from partners we work with around the country and our direct work with schools, informs our work. We offer:

  • Support and training for facilitators running a local linking project for groups of schools.
  • Tried and tested classroom resources supporting linking, SMSC, meaningful approaches to British values, equalities, diversity, sense of belonging, identity.
  • Training for school leadership of SMSC, British values, equalities and ethos.
  • an action research SMSC Network for secondary leaders across Bradford
  • Reviews and bespoke support for school ethos and culture, equalities, SMSC and British Values.
  • Engage with, trial and promote excellent curriculum providers.
  • Staff training in your school connected to ethos and SMSC, British Values, relationships, cohesion, equalities.

 

Speak Out! Promoting Values of Equality, Democracy and Human Rights

Speak Out! is an education programme for secondary pupils that promotes the values of equality, democracy and human rights, and explores ways in which young people can use their voices constructively for society.

The programme uses a discussion based approach and an element of peer education to explore issues such as harassment, discrimination, and political extremism.  The aim is to develop young peoples’ critical thinking skills and empathy in the face of divisive narratives, peer pressure and harmful social norms.

The programmes contains various options which can be purchased together or separately.  They are:

Workshops for Key Stage 3 classes on sexual harassment, democracy and making change, or propaganda and critical thinking.

Training for peer educators on the Remembering Srebrenica exhibition, including the loan of the exhibition for up to two weeks.

A new educational film produced by the University of Bradford which supports the exhibition.

Pupil voice development work.

A free whole school assembly.

 

Bradford for Everyone; building stronger, active, cohesive and more resilient communities

The Bradford For Everyone programme is led by the Stronger Communities team at Bradford Council and is overseen by an independent partnership. The programme delivers innovative, and well-evidenced, initiatives which bring people and communities together in meaningful and sustainable ways.

Our programme focuses across four key areas;

  • Getting On – Address factors affecting economic participation and language skills.
  • Getting Along – Promote greater interaction, dialogue and understanding between people from different backgrounds; ensuring that people understand fully their rights and freedoms and their responsibilities.
  • Getting Involved – Generating and connecting people to opportunities to participate in community and civic life and strengthening leadership.
  • Feeling Safe – Tackling hate crime and the fear of hate crime so that everyone feels safe.

Our 70+ ‘test and learn’ style projects, which will have engaged with over 38,000 people in the district, have ranged from a small scale project bringing children of different ethnic, religious or socio-economic backgrounds together through the medium of collective game design, to a large-scale systemic piece of work which is enabling employers to become truly ‘inclusive’.

We believe with passion that our district is full of amazing people, places and potential. Whether you were born, bred or newly arrived, we believe that we are more enriched and stronger when we’re connected; when each of us feel we are understood, belong, safe and can reach our full potential.

 

Dedicated Resources

Educate and Celebrate: LGBTQ+ Friendly Schools

Educate & Celebrate is a UK based charity with the vision 'Making schools and organisations LGBT+Friendly' that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans. For information, resources and model policies to support schools to become LGBT inclusive.

Bradford People Library

Collated by Bradford People Library. Bradford’s People Library is a collection of ‘human books’ highlighting the many things we have in common as human beings, as well as celebrating our differences. Read on for inspiring stories from people born and bred or newly arrived and who live in all parts of our wonderful district. Demonstrating that there is always more to a human ‘book’ than just its cover.

Visit the website to watch the stories from people across Bradford.

Unicef – In Search of Safety. Explaining the Refugee and Migrant Crisis

This resource aims to allow teachers to help their students – primary (age seven upwards) and secondary – make sense of the current refugee and migrant crisis in Europe, within a children’s rights framework. A range of films, images and information is provided to help you explore this topic with children and to bring the activities in this resource to life.

How To Be A Better Ally To Your Students - Black Allies

Through examples from people who have lived experience with racism, this 5-minute video shares useful tips for school staff on supporting Black students. In this video, Black students and teachers share their experiences of racism in school and offer tips for safeguarding students.
Using this resource
This resource is designed for use by school staff.
This video could be shown as part of a staff meeting, to generate discussion about the school's policy towards equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). It is recommended that the resource be facilitated by an experienced member of staff within the wider context of school–wide CPD or EDI policy. There should be time available for discussion and reflection after the video is shown.

Black History Resources

Mentally Healthy Schools have put together some resources around Black history. The resources shared here are split into sections for primary schools and secondary and FE settings. There is also a section sharing whole-school approach resources.

All the resources included focus on mental health themes, helping schools to explore ideas around diversity, self-belief, identity and the impact of racism on those who experience it.

Stonewall: Free Best Practice Toolkits and Resources

Stonewall is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights charity in the United Kingdom. For free resources to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in education environments and help create more inclusive spaces.