Celebrating diversity in schools

Promoting diversity and equality in the classroom

Diversity is what makes us unique from other people, whether it be race, ethnicity, gender, age, ability or any other defining factor. As educators, it is our responsibility to celebrate equality, multiculturalism and diversity in schools. We should seek to expand our student’s knowledge and understanding of society’s differences by ensuring all learning environments are inclusive of diversity.

Recognising and celebrating differences at schools is vital to breaking barriers and teaching an understanding of different viewpoints. Diversity in schools and nurseries is essential to promote sustainable innovation and creativity, it should be an integral part of any school, nursery or educational organisation as children are slowly introduced to the different cultures present in the world.

Invisible diversity in schools and nurseries

Differences in abilities refer to the intellectual, mental or physiological disabilities that might affect an individual on various levels. In some cases, varying learning abilities can be missed as it cannot be immediately visible and can sometimes only appear when exposed to certain situations.

Learning difficulties can often prevent students from fully engaging in lessons or tasks, thus stalling progress. Schools and educators should recognise the different needs of pupils and cater lessons plans to meet the diverse needs of students within each classroom.

Incorporating diversity and equality focused activities in the classroom

School and nursery teachers might not know how to begin the process of cultural integration, so we have provided some tips that can help make your classroom more diverse:

  • Host topic themed weeks or days throughout the school year Use this time to introduce your students to more diverse subjects ranging from culture to disability. Allow your students to engage and learn about their differences and celebrate their uniqueness by bringing in a range of resources that showcase people from different backgrounds or with various abilities. Teachers can use videos, images and text to outline diversity.

 

  • Highlight different cultures in the classroom – Encourage students to talk about their different cultures, discussing aspects which differ from each other. This could include sampling culture-specific food, celebrating cultural holidays or teaching each other a few words in their mother tongue and discussing languages spoken across the world.

 

  • Treat staff and students fairly – Ensure that staff and students get the support necessary to succeed, no matter their personal ability. Don’t have anyone feel left out.

 

Provide training for school or nursery staff – Workshops and accredited training are a fantastic way to fill employee’s knowledge gaps, they can expand professional knowledge and apply the new skills gained in the classroom.