Supporting resources and websites
This section is designed to lead you to further materials that are useful in supporting community cohesion development in your school; it is by no means an exhaustive list.
Actionaid is a unique partnership of people who are fighting for a better world – a world without poverty. As one of the UK’s largest development agencies, they work in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, listening to, learning from and working in partnership with over nine million of the world’s poorest people. A range of innovative and participatory activities promote a skills-based rather than a content-based approach, so they can be used within different subject areas and with all ages. Along with a list of resources which promote active citizenship in a global context, the site also includes access to Get Global! a teachers’ guide on how to facilitate and assess active global citizenship.
Amnesty International produce a wide variety of resources for classroom use including materials for teaching and learning about human rights, all of which are relevant for Citizenship and PSE. www.amnesty.org.uk/education
The Anne Frank Trust UK
The Trust was launched in 1991 as a sister organisation of the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam. It is a not-for-profit, multi-faith educational charity that is financially supported by members of the British public. It aims to carry out Otto Frank’s wish that his daughter’s diary be used as a general force for good by helping to educate against racism and all forms of prejudice. The Anne Frank Trust works with Anne’s diary to teach young people the value of moral behaviour to themselves and to society. The Trust promotes positive attitudes in young people towards differences – particularly in age, gender, ethnicity, religion and disability – and empowers young people to reject all forms of bigotry. This is achieved through its community and campus touring exhibitions, which are about Anne Frank, the Holocaust and present day issues, such as the racist murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence. The Anne Frank Trust runs major educational projects, such as the Anne Frank Awards for Moral Courage and the Anne Frank Tree planting project. It offers educational materials to schools and youth groups.
Resources very often deal specifically with racist bullying. There is a huge range of such resources, some of which are listed on the Anti-Bullying Network’s site: www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk where specific information can also be found on, for example, bullying of Gypsy/Traveller pupils.
Education programme promotes human rights in schools and youth clubs throughout the UK. The overall aim of their work is to help individuals understand the role of human rights in today’s world, as well as the underlying attitudes, which lead to their respect, or violation of them. Their work focuses particularly on examples of contemporary and historical slavery and the international instruments used to protect human rights. They produce a range of resources, for example, ‘When rights are left’, a classroom resource which looks for interesting ways to introduce students to human rights combining activities with accessible background information. Each of the four books in the series contains clear lesson plans and material. The four books cover four key curricular areas: citizenship, history, geography and English.
A website about race, racism and growing up in Britain.
Childline has produced many useful resources focussing on bullying and racism. For example, it has produced teachers’ packs with accompanying lessons, which look at the theme of respect. This and other resources can be downloaded or purchased from: www.childline.org.uk. Using the search engine on the front page to find pages related to racism also provides a wide array of information and suggestions. The organisation also publishes informative reports of its findings based on work with young people.
Many ideas for teaching about current affairs and controversial issues, including: ‘Education for citizenship, diversity and race equality: a practical guide’, which contains several valuable discussions of how to plan and organise lessons about race and racism. www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk
Cyber school bus
The UN site for teachers and young people containing a range of global information, resources and possible activity ideas for KS3 and KS4 on such issues as human rights, poverty and refugees.
Early Years Equality (EYE) News
Newsletter and anti-racist resources for the early years.
Equality and Human Rights Commission
The Commission has a statutory remit to promote and monitor human rights; and to protect, enforce and promote equality across the nine ‘protected’ grounds – age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.
This is an active citizenship site produced by the BBC for young people exploring issues such as diversity, human rights and poverty. It includes case studies about how pupils and schools can get involved in global projects.
The dolls and their stories are powerful tools for exploring, uncovering and confronting bias. They help children to express their feelings and ideas, think critically, challenge unfair treatment and develop empathy with people who are different to themselves.
Save the Children
Have a wide range of excellent resources both to purchase and online. www.savethechildren.org.uk
to promote community cohesion: a scoping map.
Show Racism the Red Card
Video pack with accompanying CD-ROM this is aimed at young people from age 11 upwards. The video is 20 minutes long and conveys a powerful anti-racist message through the medium of professional football. It features football action and interviews with many players including Rio Ferdinand, Andy Cole, Ryan Giggs, Hope Powell, Lucas Radebe and managers and TV personalities such as Arsene Wenger, Ian Wright, Gary Lineker, Graham Taylor and Kevin Keegan. Can be ordered online from: www.srtrc.org
This is one of Britain’s leading publisher of books pertaining to racial equality. Its publications provide extremely useful background reading to teachers interested in further developing aspects of race equality in schools. The catalogue can be found on: www.trentham-books.co.uk
UNICEF produce a number of books which support schools in developing citizenship initiatives, for example Citizenship Schools’, a book for whole school development, published by the ‘Campaign for Learning’ and UNICEF, it suggests ways schools might introduce democratic procedures throughout the school and ‘Talking Rights, Taking Responsibility’, a resource for English and citizenship. You can now download the final unit, ‘Planning for the future’, from ‘Talking rights; taking responsibility’ by simply clicking over the cover on the education resources section of the site. UNICEF also hosts a site devoted to the rights of the child.
A World of Difference
This is the educational section of the Anti-Defamation League, an American organisation aimed at combating anti-semitism, prejudice, bigotry and hatred. Although American in approach and content, it is nonetheless very useful in supporting anti-racist or anti-bullying initiatives in British schools.
Other useful websites
The Refugee Council
Schools Linking Network
Institute of Community Cohesion (ICoCo)
Insted website contains links to a range of websites that promote this area of work. www.insted.co.uk
Specialist Schools and Academy Trust
‘Complementing teachers: a practical guide to promoting race equality in schools’ (2003) The Runneymede Trust. ISBN 1-84085-912-1