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Links to the National Curriculum

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The National Curriculum has two main aims (see below). Under each aim are extracts from the National Curriculum Handbook for Primary/Secondary that are relevant to school linking and diversity education.

This website illustrates how school links that focus on diversity education can meet these aims by providing pupils with opportunities to:

  • develop their knowledge and understanding of Britain's diverse society
  • explore their own identity, beliefs and build their self-esteem.

Where schools can provide the opportunity for pupils to visit each other and share experiences together, pupils can also develop skills that enable them to establish positive relationships with others.

Examples of basic linking activities and direct links to the National Curriculum.

National Curriculum aims for the school curriculum:

Aim 1: The school curriculum should aim, to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve.

'The school curriculum should contribute to the development of pupils' sense of identity through knowledge and understanding of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural heritages of Britain's diverse society and of the local, national, European, Commonwealth and global dimensions of their lives'.

Aim 2: The school curriculum should aim to promote pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

'It should develop their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their own beliefs and cultures, and how these influence individuals and societies'.

'It should promote equal opportunities and enable pupils to challenge discrimination and stereotyping'.

'The school curriculum, should promote pupil's self-esteem and emotional well-being and help them to form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships, based on respect for themselves and for others, at home, school, work and in the community'.