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

Resources and Purchase Information

Our resources have been developed in collaboration with the Carlton Bolling City Learning Centre and are useful in delivering the National Curriculum, Religious Education and Citizenship. They are designed to help schools to fulfil the duty to promote community cohesion and are cross referenced to the ‘Who do we think we are?’ themes and the SEAL themes.

1. Kokeshi – no – kai and the story of Sadako Sasaki

This resource explores how and why Sadako’s school friends took action and encourages children and young people today to reflect upon current issues of importance to them and suggest ways in which they too may be able to stand up, speak out and make a difference.

Price £19.50 each + pp

2. Identity, Heritage and Belonging (EB/REWIND) DVD, CD ROM and Resource Packs)

Suitable for Key Stage Two and Key Stage Three/Four, includes a wide range of activities designed to help children to explore their roots, background, local community, identity and heritage, to expose and explore myths that have been created around race and racism and provide opportunities to identify what it means to be British in the 21st century.  All the activities are designed to encourage dialogue, peer interaction and provide opportunities for creative work. 

Price £19.50 each + pp 

3. Stand up to Hatred – Human Rights in the 21st Century (DVD, CD ROM and Resource Pack) 

Multi-media teaching resource designed by young people for young people.  This resource encourages an exploration of Human Rights today, based on the themes from 'Anne Frank+ [YOU}' - H8U?  FREE!  Wanna fight?  Who r U?  and Who cares?  The pack includes a video made by pupils in Bradford schools, activities, lesson plans and background information.

Price £19.50 + pp

4. Slavery: An Unfinished Business (Resource file and CD ROM):

Primary Upper Key Stage Two

A CD ROM and A4 file exploring the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade and also looking at modern slavery and the power that people (including children) have to influence change.  The pack includes background information for teachers, biographies, primary source documents, mind maps, lesson plans, activities for children, interactive Kar2ouche storyboard and Kar2ouche film strip for whiteboard/PC Links are identified with RE, Citizenship and the National Curriculum programmes of study) 

Price £11.50 each + pp 

Secondary Key Stage Three

A CD ROM and A4 file of information and activities for students, based on the Citizenship Foundation’s resource Ending Slavery: An Unfinished Business – now available on CD only

Price 5.00 + pp

5. A Cultural Heritage Trail (DVD, CD ROM and GPS Trail) Key Stage Two, Three and Four

These resources focus on the history, religious diversity and demographic, social and cultural changes in the Little Horton area of Bradford.  The DVD prepares pupils for taking part in a GPS guided trail of Little Horton and provides a springboard to help children research and record aspects of their own localities . It is designed to be of use in Upper Key Stage Two and Key Stage Three Curriculum programmes of study.  The DVD and GPS interactive satellite trail were produced with the help of young people in years 10, 11 and 12 from four Bradford Schools.

Price £10.00 each + pp 

6. Sacred Spaces DVDs (DVDs and CD ROMs)

These provide virtual object trails around places of worship, including a Buddhist Centre, Church, Gurdwara, Mandir, Mosque and Synagogue.  They may be used to consolidate work on places of worship, as preparation for a visit to a place of worship, or as a basis for interfaith Schools Linking work

Each DVD focuses on one place of worship used today by believers in Bradford and  is accompanied by a CD ROM for teachers which contains information and resources linked to a place of worship and a strategy for Linking Schools.

Price £19.50 each + pp

7. St Clements Church DVD

- a ‘Sacred Space’ seen through the eyes of a reception class

Price £6.00 + pp

8. The Holocaust Pack for Key Stage Four

A Citizenship resource with cross curricular links, background information, lesson plans, activities and a CD ROM, which includes survivor interviews.

Price per pack £12.00+ pp Individual CD ROM only £5.00 + pp

9. The Beginners Guides to Religions (Booklets) Price £3.00 each + pp
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Christianity
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Hindu Dharma
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Islam
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Judaism
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Sikh Dharam
  • Food and Religion: a very brief introduction
  • An Introduction to Bradford’s Religious Communities
10. Festivals and Special Times (Booklets) Price £3.00 each + pp
  • Ashura (Guidance for Schools)
  • Diwali
  • Easter
  • Hajj and Eid-Ul-Adha                        
  • Pesach                                             
  • Ramadhan and Eid-Ul-Fitr
  • Vaisakhi
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Judaism

All contain background information for teachers, stories, ideas and activities for the classroom

Copies of all publications and resources may be purchased from the Interfaith Education Centre, Margaret McMillan Tower, Princes Way, Bradford, BD1 1NN 

T:  01274 439379

E: interfaith@bradford.gov.uk


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

Interim Head of Diversity and Cohesion Alina Khan
T: 01274 439384

E: alina.khan@bradford.gov.uk

For enquiries about religious education and the RE Agreed Syllabus or SACRE contact Geraldine Cooper    

T: 01274 439378

E: geraldine.cooper@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
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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