Quality and Diversity in the primary school in Wales.

 Under the requirements of equal opportunities legislation covering race, gender and disability, settings/schools in Wales have a duty towards present and prospective children to provide an inclusive curriculum that will offer opportunities for all children to achieve their full potential in preparation for further learning and life.
DCELLS (2008)

One of the Welsh Assembly Government s seven core aims is to ensure that all children and young people in Wales are listened to, treated with respect, and are able to have their race and cultural identity recognised. Within this context, consider how schools value diversity and challenge racism. Reflect on the implications of meeting the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

Assessment criteria
The essay should demonstrate the following:

·an awareness and understanding of the relevant documentation and how it affects the issues;
·consideration of pupils diverse learning needs and how this impacts upon the curriculum;
·awareness of the roles of all providers/adults in supporting the learning;
·frequent reference to relevant reading and research;
·discussion related to your chosen age-phase;
·illustrative examples of theory and practice from school experience;
·reflection on the implications for the class teacher and for your own practice, with specific reference to meeting the Standards for QTS.
ACCAC (2001) Equal opportunities and diversity in the school curriculum in Wales

ACCAC (2002) Education for sustainable development and global citizenship

Brown, B. (2001) Combating Discrimination  Persona Dolls in Action. Trentham

Davis,S.et al (2008) Personal and Social Development, Well-Being and Cultural Diversity: a resource reader for the Foundation Phase practitioner. UWIC Press

Estyn (2000) Standards and quality in Primary and Secondary Schools: Providing for pupils learning English as an additional language

Estyn (2004) The Common Inspection Framework for Education and Training in Wales

Estyn (2005) Equal opportunities and Diversity in Schools in Wales

Estyn (2005) The Education of Gypsy Traveller Learners: A survey of provision made by schools and local authorities to meet the needs of Gypsy Traveller learners

National Assembly for Wales Circular No: 23/2003: Respecting Others: Anti-Bullying Guidance

National Assembly for Wales Circular No: 41/2006 Becoming a Qualified Teacher: Handbook of Guidance.

Welsh Assembly Government (2008) School Effectiveness Framework: Building effective learning communities together

Inclusion/discrimination/racial equality

Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) Learning for all: standards for racial equality in schools (ISBN: 1 85442 223 5) CRE website: uk

Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) (2005) Code of Practice on racial equality in employment (ISBN: 1 85442 570 6)

The Race Relations Act 1976 (as amended)

The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000

The Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003

Welsh Office Circulars 52/90: Meeting the Educational Needs of Travellers and Displaced Persons

Estyn: Equal Opportunities and Diversity in Schools in Wales (2005)

Estyn Survey report: Ethnic Minority Achievement Grant (EMAG) Effective Use of Resources (2004)

EALAW and National Assembly for Wales, The Achievement of Ethnic Minority Pupils in Wales (2003)

EALAW: The Achievement of Ethnic Minority Pupils in Wales  Research Report 2002/03

Commission for Racial Equality: Ethnic Monitoring  A Guide for public authorities

National Assembly for Wales Circular 27/2002: Collecting and Recording Data on Pupils Ethnic Background

Commission for Racial Equality: Code of Practice on the Duty to Promote Racial equality and Related Guides for Schools and Institutions of Further and Higher Education (2002). uk/

Useful websites

uk (to access all Curriculum 2008 documents)

ac.uk (exploring diversity and achievement)