2019 Inclusivity Award launched

December 3, 2018

Nominations for the 2019 Accord Inclusivity Award have this week been formally invited. Now in its tenth year, the annual award seeks to reward schools that work hardest at promoting an inclusive ethos and advancing the growth of mutual understanding, especially on (but not limited to) the grounds of religion and ethnicity.

Chair of the Accord Coalition and the 2019 judging panel, the Revd Stephen Terry, said ‘The profile of the award has grown and grown. Engaging with the award has been recognised by Ofsted as a way to help schools meet their obligations under the Public Sector Equality Duty, and the winning school usually achieves national press coverage for their success.’

‘Schools are readily and often publically criticised. The inclusivity award provides an opportunity to praise and showcase overlooked and innovative work that schools are undertaking to overcome barriers and forge inclusive communities. The judging panel looks forward to receiving and considering a new wave of nominations in due course.’

First place in the 2018 inclusivity award was Spring Grove Junior Infant and Nursery School in Huddersfield. The community school won strong praise from the judging panel for the extent to which it advanced equality of opportunity and fostered good relations between those from different backgrounds. In second place came Fairisle Junior School in Southampton. Aspects of the school’s work that stood out included its expertise in Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education and advancing LGBT inclusivity through the subject.

The 2019 award will be judged by another respected and experienced panel of experts from a range of backgrounds. Previous judges have included former Education Secretary, Lord Baker; Institute of Education Director, Professor Becky Francis; the then Education Select Committee Chair, Neil Carmichael; Bishop of Buckingham, The Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson; and journalist and former Humanists UK President, Polly Toynbee.

Information on applying for the 2019 award can be found here. The deadline for entries is Sunday February 24th, with winners to be announced in the Spring.

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