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Diversity here refers to recognising and celebrating the diverse nature of social groups and communities and to ensuring that the curriculum reflects that diversity and is responsive to the experiences of those groups and communities. At its most basic, it means being aware of the characteristics of others and treating others with compassion, empathy, understanding and equity, regardless of those characteristics. As students progress, they should become increasingly aware of a range of specific characteristics which can define our identity, including sex, gender, race, religion, age, disability and sexuality.

We reflect on the diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives found in society. As students grow, their social interactions are likely to become ever wider in an increasingly interconnected world. Creating a curriculum which recognises the diverse culture of their society enables students to celebrate the diverse nature of all societies. This promotes equality, inclusion, social cohesion and a feeling of being valued.

In designing our curriculum, we have provided students with opportunity to:

  • develop empathy and compassion for others

  • celebrate diverse backgrounds, values and characteristics

  • develop their own values and sense of identity

  • develop understanding of people with different beliefs and perspectives

  • challenge stereotypes