Equality and Diversity in Schools Checklist

Use the Equality and Diversity in Schools Checklist to enable inclusive practices through language, presentation, etc. to foster a supportive environment.

Equality and Diversity in Schools Checklist



Language

1. Is the positive language used, and are high expectations maintained for all students?


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2. Is there an inquiry about students' preferred forms of being addressed and the pronunciation of their names?


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3. Is the gender-neutral language used?


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4. Are jokes that target aspects of people's identity avoided?


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5. Are students provided the opportunity to express opinions and encouraged to reflect and validate their points of view?


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6. Are celebrations of different languages incorporated whenever the opportunity arises?


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7. Are both open and closed questions considered?


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8. Is an environment created for students to ask questions without fear of judgment?


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9. Is caution taken about the harmful impact of stereotypes and assumptions?


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10. Are the correct words used when discussing issues of equality and identity?


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Presentation

1. Are you aware of the impact of stereotypes and assumptions?


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2. Are diverse images used featuring iconic people?


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3. Are opportunities provided for learners to encounter a variety of role models, including those who don't conform to stereotypes and those not regularly encountered in the local community?


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4. Are non-stereotypical examples used to demonstrate concepts, such as "how fast does a bird fly" instead of "how fast can a car travel"?


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5. Is the information presented using text, images, and video?


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6. Is interactivity ensured, data/results collected, and are volunteers used?


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7. Is the space used to walk around the room and talk to students in smaller groups or individually?


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Different Types Of Activities

1. Are activities such as interactive, reflective, and creative tasks, included for students to engage with both in groups and individually?


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2. Are concepts demonstrated and explained in various ways, and are they reiterated and reviewed through different methods?


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3. Are opportunities provided for students to engage with activities in different ways to accommodate various learning styles?


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4. Are accessibility considerations taken into account when planning activities, such as making instructions easier to understand and avoiding spending too much time on one type of activity?


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5. Are cultural differences in body language and interactions acknowledged, and are students asked if they are comfortable participating in certain activities, such as holding hands in a circuit demonstration?


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Resources

1. Are alternative methods of delivering material explored to ensure inclusivity and accessibility for different types of learners?


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2. Are resources checked to ensure they are appropriate for the intended audience?


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3. Is support requested from a teacher to help adapt resources in advance?


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4. Are resources monitored and reviewed for stereotypes and assumptions?


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5. Are the contributions of people from a wide variety of backgrounds celebrated?


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Accessibility

1. Can all learners see, and hear, and vice versa?


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2. Are individual learning and personal needs looked into?


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3. Are reasonable adjustments made to ensure the full inclusion of learners with different needs?


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4. Are breaks taken to facilitate learning?


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5. Are students encouraged to use the space when appropriate?


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6. Are distractions and noise minimized, and is the temperature kept comfortable?


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7. Are learners with physical disabilities included in the teaching and learning area, rather than being seated separately?


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