The concept encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique and recognises our individual differences. This can include the protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity. In addition, socio-economic status and physical abilities.
Diversity is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.
Britain has always been a diverse nation. Our diversity is as a result of invasion, expansion, Empire and Commonwealth, and being a safe haven for people fleeing danger. For over 2000 years people have arrived in Britain, contributing their own cultural influence.
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Much of Britain’s diversity comes from the British Empire which, at its height, governed over one quarter of the world’s population (458 million people!). After the British Empire collapsed, people from the Commonwealth migrated to Britain and countries like the Caribbean and India were invited to help strengthen our workforce.
Today, people continue to move all around the world. The expansion of the European Union has seen a number of Europeans come to the UK in recent years. Our current population (over 60 million people!) includes a mix of people from difference racial, religious and cultural backgrounds. The 2001 Census showed that 7.9% of the population was from minority ethnic backgrounds.
Ethnic diversity has made our society rich in culture and contributed to our economic, social and democratic development. Everything in modern Britain from music and fashion to food and language has been influenced by different ethnic communities, cultures and social groups.
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These are promoted through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education which is embedded across the curriculum.
For more about British Values, click here.
You may be familiar with the acronym LGBT but more recently, to reflect the ever increasing diverse community, the term LGBT+ or LGBTQAI is used to include the community that identify with having a non-mainstream sexual or gender identity. Some say LGBT+ sounds a little dismissive of particular groups and so prefer the term LGBTQAI.
LGBTQAI stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, Asexual, Intersex. It is becoming increasingly difficult to define but it is generally representative of and consists of those who do not identify as part of the mainstream straight or cisgender population. However, it’s possible for a person to be straight, cisgender but be asexual. Also, some gay and trans people do not identify themselves as part of the LGBTQAI community.
Use the links below to access external support. In addition, the academy has access to a wide range of support providers across Sheffield. More information can be found here. Please contact your child’s Learning Manager to discuss.