Diversity, equality & inclusion across the curriculum

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
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It is vital that our curriculum reflects the diversity of the world in which we all live. Following a series of Pearson webinars looking at diversity, equality, and inclusion across key subjects, this supplement considers the lessons, advice and tips for reviewing and updating our curriculum provision

In autumn 2021, Pearson ran a series of events on supporting diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) in education. The events were intended to help teachers and school leaders on the journey to achieving equal opportunities in education.

From discussion topics that impact a whole school or setting, to events based on specific roles and subjects, the series championed real inclusion and progressive conversation – equipping today’s teaching workforce with the knowledge and skills they need to make a positive, long-lasting impact.

This supplement summarises the main findings from the webinar series and provides you with ideas, advice and food for reflection to ensure your curriculum is diverse and inclusive. Themes include:

  • Who is your curriculum for? The world is a place of diversity and difference and if we are to prepare pupils for their place in it, then our curriculum offer must reflect this...
  • Teaching racial literacy and black British history: How do we embed black British history in our curriculum? How do we teach racial literacy and intersectionality?
  • LGBT+ inclusion across the curriculum: For true inclusion, students must feel represented in their classrooms – but the data on LGBT+ bullying and representation suggests we have much work to do...
  • A safe space to discover the world: When diversifying your English curriculum, considering the books we teach is just the beginning. We reflect on next steps, including some top tips and three things to consider...
  • Removing barriers to science: There are a number of barriers to science study for students with SEN and disabilities. What are they and how can we break them down?
  • Data bias and representation: How do we make the study of mathematics diverse and representative and what pitfalls should we avoid? We look at five ways to challenge data bias and support better representation
  • ‘Black British history is British history’: Pearson’s new migration topics within the GCSE history specification are creating a greater sense of agency and helping schools with their work to decolonise the curriculum
  • Inclusive practice in drama: Drama naturally lends itself to exploring other cultures and beliefs

This supplement has been produced by SecEd and Headteacher Update with sponsorship from Pearson. It was written to a brief agreed with Pearson and published in March 2022. For more about Pearson’s work on diversity and inclusivity, visit go.pearson.com/inclusiveeducation


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