Selby College asks:
How has your awareness and understanding of Equality and Diversity and British Values been developed at College?
The number of responses to this survey was amazing, 975 in total, so thank you for your comments. Your views varied greatly with just a few stating their understanding and awareness had not really developed very much whilst at College, with others clearly recognising the shift in recognising how E&D and BV is a real part of everyday life in the UK. Some students acknowledge the application of their learning about these subjects to their work experience.
Positive feedback from you included:
- 'Big poster/display outside classroom and applied it to children within my work-placement'
- 'My awareness is slowly getting better I just need some more understanding'
- 'Improved through teaching lessons and in my Cert Ed classes'
- 'I know what British values are'
- 'I have developed my understanding of the key values of equality and diversity'
- 'Made aware through PDP sessions, with our GST'
- 'I have had my mind opened'
However, some students felt they need to learn more about these topics:
- 'I feel this could be talked about more'
- 'Understanding and awareness not really changed'
Equality and Diversity: The College believes that all forms of prejudice and discrimination are unacceptable and seeks to ensure that no member of the College or wider community receives less favourable treatment because of their age, disability, marital status, race, colour, ethnicity, nationality, religion or belief, gender, gender identity, transgender, sexual orientation, or any other type of discrimination and the College's Equality and Diversity Policy will embody the issues specific to discrimination. It's about far more than where you were born, your gender or your religious beliefs. Our aim is to create an environment in which people treat each other with mutual respect.
Your tutors will embed Equality and Diversity within your lessons. You will be aware that staff will use real life examples that include males and females often in roles that challenge gender stereotypes; or use examples of different faiths or customs to look at how that might impact upon a service. The embedding of democracy and British values is throughout your course and College. You choose who will represent you on the Students Union; you take it in turns when discussing in class. You are informed about the rules covering College behaviour expectations and are treated according to the rules if you don't conform to these. All students are given a voice and asked to participate in surveys and student feedback and all students have tutorials with their GSTs to look in depth at all these things and more.
Each month we publish an Equality and Diversity (E&D) calendar which promotes and celebrates E&D events and activities locally, nationally and internationally. Some events and activities may be mapped in to your course. The monthly E&D calendars are posted for you to consider as part of your curriculum studies or PDP tutorial sessions with the GSTs. Hard copies of the E&D calendar are displayed on notice boards around College. The calendar also maps in to cross College events happening around the campus. Selby College has an E&D working party which is attended by staff, students union and community representatives where we discuss activities and events to further promote E&D and British Values to benefit our College Community.
British Values: British Values (BV) are defined as "democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs". We prepare our students for life in modern Britain by developing an understanding of British Values, our students will encounter these principles at College and throughout their everyday lives. British Values are promoted at Selby College and embedded in teaching and learning at all levels, including via pastoral tutorials, and they are reinforced through a variety of different College media including our website, through posters and other published materials.
British Values & Challenging Radicalisation: Selby College uses the following accepted Governmental definition of extremism which is:
'Vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs; and/or calls for the death of members of our armed forces, whether in this country or overseas'. There is no place for extremist views of any kind in our College, whether from internal sources - learners, staff or governors, or external sources - college community, external agencies or individuals. Our learners see our College as a safe place where they can explore controversial issues safely and where our staff encourage and facilitate this - we have a duty to ensure this happens.
Further Equality and Diversity information and guidance can be accessed in your student handbook and on Moodle. Any prejudice, discrimination or extremist views, including derogatory language, displayed by learners or staff will always be challenged and where appropriate dealt with in line with our Student Disciplinary Policy for learners and the Disciplinary Policy for staff.