Creativity in action – explaining equality and diversity!

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Thu, 12 Jul 2012 14:33:00 BST

To enable students to fulfill the assessment requirements for a module on the CertEd/PGCE (Lifelong Learning), both staff and students at one of the Consortium centres (CPCET) worked together to produce a really inspiring, creative video.

The project was led by Debs Philip, Centre Manager, Course Leader and Head of Teacher Education at Calderdale College, along with the Course Leader and 27 year 1 trainees, led by their course representative, John O-Halloran.

As Debs says, ‘The reason we made the video was to fulfill the requirements of part of the year 1 assessment – specifically personal skills development. In the past this has been covered in less depth and I wanted to find a way to make the development of skills meaningful.

Additionally we wanted to look at the Equality Act (2010) in new and innovative ways. We had originally discussed the nine areas of the Act and wanted the ‘scenes’ to be centred around those – however, we had to focus on a few as we had to limit the video to the song length!  We also discussed, as a group of trainees, how often Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is assumed to be fully embedded into a course, when often it’s left wanting.

The actual video is a little ‘tongue in cheek’ as the true equality and diversity was more about the 27 trainees and myself, all very different and all attending in two groups on separate evenings, working collaboratively to produce one project.

The actual project involved about 400 people in total, all who gave their time, resources and energy for free. We wanted to see what we could achieve without any funding.

We are going to make the song and DVD freely available for people to use and I am currently working on an interactive DVD to go with the film which will include a full teaching pack and resources to look at Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. We had a black tie premiere in late June to show the film for the first time with about 150 guests. It was also presented at the 2012 Consortium conference – it received excellent feedback.’

Just have a look at the video – it will make you smile!

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