How can equality in the classroom be reached?
This leads on to the needs for policies and procedures, because attachment can be affected by a child’s individual characteristics, to ensure equality within the classroom, the school must follow different pieces of legislation. According to the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful for schools to discriminate against children with protected characteristics. These protected characteristics include; sex, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy, or maternity. Obviously not all of these would apply to children in a key stage one class, however it is still important for all the teachers to be aware of this, and when teaching PSHE, be aware of the different protected characteristics and incorporate them in their teaching, so the children are also aware of these. As shown in the activity plan in the appendix, through the use of different resources, the teacher can incorporate different ethnic backgrounds through using a variety of different faces on their activity sheet. Similarly, including the teaching assistant allows the boy with autistic spectrum disorder to be included in the activity and ensures they can do everything that everyone else does. It essential to provide multi-cultural awareness within the classroom. This can be done by teaching it through PSHE, through the theme of relationships or the wider worlds. Or it can be done throughout different activities whether that is through PSHE or different subjects within the national curriculum. Teachers should be trying to teach pupils to ignore the stereotypes they may be heard around them and that we should not judge people based on race or social class. It should be a teacher’s aim to bring up a new generation of children who accept and help everyone around them, especially if they are in areas where there may not be much diversity within their school.