Beyond the Implicit Bias test. Strategies for deep rooted diversity and equality in Education
Have you taken the implicit bias test? Follow link: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html
The test highlights your personal biases relating to issues such as gender, religion, race, skin colour etc. It is a good introduction for a whole school staff training to discuss issues relating to biases relating to discrimination in education. However, schools are at risk of using the tests as ‘edu-tainment’ – a standalone strategy to justify equality training within a school to adhere to guidelines set by the government.
What could we start doing to ensure that equality and diversity is embedded in your schools policies and processes?
Leading Equality has designed an audit that specifically focused on issues relating to Diversity and equality within a school. The audit tool monitors areas such as;
- Communication strategy
- Racism policy
- Recruitment process
- Staff training
- Community cohesion
- Data of staff and student representation
- How the school identifies opportunities to celebrate diversity
- The schools approach to homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying
The audit template will be available for download from the 28.07.17