The Accord Coalition has announced the judges of its 2013 Inclusivity Award. Now in its fourth year, the annual award is open to all schools, and seeks to celebrate those that do most within the legal framework they operate under and the community they find themselves in, to promote inclusiveness, the growth of mutual understanding and forge links within and between different communities.
Joining the Chair of the Accord Coalition, Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain MBE, on the panel this coming year will be:
- Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers
- Baroness Kishwer Falkner, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Foreign Affairs in the House of Lords
- John Keast OBE, Chair of the Religious Education Council of England and Wales
- The Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, The Bishop of Buckingham
Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, said ‘Many schools are remarkably successful at improving cohesion and promoting the growth of mutual understanding. Rather than pointing out shortcomings, the Award highlights innovation and best practice in schools, and I am delighted that this year’s Award will be judged by another respected and experienced panel of experts’.
The 2012 Award was won by Lammas Secondary School in Leyton, which was praised for the way that advancing mutual understanding and inclusion pervaded its work, while St George’s Voluntary School, a faith school in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, came second. It won praise for its outstanding work in tackling homophobic bullying, which it grounded in its Christian values.
The winning school will be announced in the local and national press, and prizes will be awarded in the New Year. The deadline for entries is Sunday December 2nd, 2012. Please contact Paul Pettinger at email@example.com or on 020 7462 4990 with any queries, and visit http://accordcoalition.org.uk/accord-award-2013/ for more details and an application pack.