A policy with National Curriculum attainments in mind

Multicultural education is an attempt to help children in all schools to be appreciative of the diversity of cultures in our society and the world at large. It is a separate topic from the education of ethnic minority children, and is most relevant to all-white schools where pupils do not have first hand experience of meeting people from other cultures.

The aims of Multicultural Education (M. E. in Humberside 1986)

To help pupils:

1. To understand the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups nations and the environment:

2. To understand the multicultural nature of society:

3. To promote self esteem and to foster respect for those having different religions, beliefs and ways of life:

4. To develop an attitude which is opposed to discrimination against any person or group on grounds of socio-economic background, creed, ethnic origin or sex:

5. To counter prejudice, particularly racial, and the consequent inequalities:

6. To live and work harmoniously and with equality of opportunity in a multicultural society.

The implementation of these Aims within the Context of our School

Staff should endeavour to:

relate positively to the cultural diversity of British society and world community:

promote positive attitudes towards different ethnic groups by arranging contact with
other groups and presenting examples of different cultural outlooks:

ensure that we value all pupils equally as individuals:

ensure that we provide a caring community and genuine equality of opportunity.

Strategies to Integrate Multicultural Education into a Whole School Approach

Introduction of reading schemes that broaden horizons and introduce people of other ethnic groups, e.g. Ginn 360

Visit neighbouring towns:

Visits to museums and discussing changes in society and customs:

The appearance of coloured persons in school, e.g. doctor, optician

Guest speakers from other countries, e.g. Japan, India:

Exchange visits with pupils from other areas:

Charity appeals that emphasise positive aspects of other cultures and place deprivation in context:

Assemblies consciously dealing with the moral and religious topics involving aspects of other faiths, cultures and life styles.