Diversity and Cohesion

Diversity and Cohesion

Diversity and Cohesion takes responsibility for promoting equality, diversity and community cohesion through education. 

This includes provision of continuing professional development in citizenship and community cohesion, race equality and religious and cultural diversity for teachers; curriculum support and development; monitoring and reporting all forms of bullying; support for supplementary schools; the implementation the Equality Act 2010 and Ofsted Common Inspection Framework September 2015.

The Interfaith Education Centre and Education Service for New Communities and Travellers is part of the Diversity and Cohesion Service.

Promoting community cohesion is part of the PREVENT Strategy; all Diversity and Cohesion resources for schools support the new Government and DfE initiatives.

What do we mean by Equality, Diversity and Community Cohesion?

‘By community cohesion, we mean working towards a society in which there is a common vision and sense of belonging by all communities; a society in which the diversity of people's backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and valued; a society in which similar life opportunities are available to all; and a society in which strong and positive relationships exist and continue to be developed in the workplace, in schools and in the wider community’ 

(Guidance on the duty to promote community cohesion p3 DCSF).

"Good schools work with parents, community organisations and local agencies to create a healthy, safe and respectful environment in school, after school, and on the way to and from school.  Good teachers instil an ethos where aspiration is the best reason for children to avoid harmful behaviour."

The Prevent Strategy

‘Publicly funded schools remain under a duty to promote community cohesion.  The Education Bill………………….removes the current duty on Ofsted to report on schools’ contribution to community cohesion.  However, the stronger focus on teaching and learning and a continuing focus on provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development will enable inspectors to identify inappropriate practice, including the promotion of messages that undermine community cohesion.’

(Prevent Strategy 2011, page 71, para 10.53)

New Prevent Duty

On 1 July 2015 the Prevent Duty (section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force.  This duty places the responsibility on local authorities to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

Whilst Ofsted are undertaking the single inspections they will evaluate how effectively local authorities are meeting the ‘Prevent duty’ in relation to safeguarding children.  Ofsted have revised the school inspection framework and The Common Inspection Framework will be effective from September 2015.  The revised framework places a greater emphasis on schools to improve resilience to extremist narratives.

These new requirements mean that schools need to be aware of the Prevent agenda, the ultimate aim of which is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.  Schools need to be able to show strong leadership, effective safeguarding and staff training as well as a broad and balanced curriculum promoting British Values as well as encouraging tolerance and respect.

Diversity and Cohesion, Department of Children’s Services has responded to these changes by providing a range of measures to support schools. These include:

  • Delivering Safeguarding training in the form of the ‘Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent’ (WRAP)
  • Providing a Prevent ‘Self Assessment Questionnaire’ for schools
  • Guidance and advice to support curriculums
  • A range of guidance documents on the Prevent Strategy

For more information, please see the Prevent Strategy page from the menu on the left.

 

Ofsted are required to consider the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils.  This means there will be opportunity here for schools to demonstrate how wider links in the community contribute to their pupils' development.

Ofsted are also required to consider how well the school meets the needs of all of its pupils – across the range.  For example, girls and boys, pupils from different ethnic and social communities, and those with disabilities or special educational needs.

Our input with schools is geared around supporting all of the above, as well as facilitating schools in their focus on raising standards and improving provision for all pupils.

Useful information

Visit www.cohesionbradford.org.uk – a website managed by the Diversity and Cohesion Service for more information about equality, diversity and community cohesion in the Bradford Metropolitan District and beyond.  The site explores national and district wide initiatives in community cohesion aimed at children and young people.  It provides information about on-going projects and a forum for teachers and others involved in education to share experiences, views and good practice.  It is regularly updated with information about forthcoming events relating to equality, diversity and community cohesion, and supplies updates on current initiatives and how to get involved in future projects.

Ofsted:  Common Inspection Framework September 2015, School Inspection Handbook Spetember 2015

Equality and Diversity in Education

With the forthcoming changes outlined in the UK Equality Act 2010, requirements on schools and organisations to comply with their legal obligation are changing.  The Act draws on a number of different anti-discrimination laws that have been implemented in Great Britain for over 40 years.  See The UK Equality Act 2010 for more information.

Timescale and framework information about the Act can be found here

Guidance produced by the DfE can be found here

 

Additional Services

The Diversity and Cohesion team provide continuing professional development focusing on equality, diversity and community cohesion for teachers, others involved in education and private and public organisations.

We also provide visitors from faith communities to work with teachers and pupils in schools; guided visits to places of worship and guidance on worship and Religious Education.  See further information on the Interfaith Education Centre page.

Contact information

Lead Officer, Diversity and Cohesion - Salim Akhtar
T: 01274 439378

E: salim.akhtar@bradford.gov.uk

For enquiries about religious education and the RE Agreed Syllabus or SACRE contact Jenny Fox    

T: 01274 437514

E: jenny.fox@bradford.gov.uk    

To place an order for resources please contact Lesley Mackie. 

T: 01274 439379

E: lesley.mackie@bradford.gov.uk                

Interfaith Education Centre

T: 01274 439379

E: interfaith@bradford.gov.uk

Margaret McMillan Tower
Princes Way
Bradford
BD1 1NN  

For the Supplementary Schools Service please contact Javed Bashir 

T: 01274 439385

E: javed.bashir@bradford.gov.uk  

For news, downloads, and up-to-date information on equality, diversity and community cohesion, please visit www.cohesionbradford.org.uk

 

 

 


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