New College Leicester recently hosted a visit from Andrew Starr, a Senior Clinician for Child Mental Health, who shared his wisdom with around 50 students on the theme of disablist discrimination.
The session was planned to ensure that students at NCL develop an inclusive mindset around disabilities and are given the knowledge to challenge disablist discrimination holistically as a school. By raising their awareness and equipping them with the skills and methods to challenging disablist language, bullying, discrimination and prejudice, the students will be in a better position to create a more inclusive school.
Those attending this very interactive session included members of the student parliament and antibullying ambassadors, with representatives from across each year group. The students responded very positively to Andrew’s talk and came up with campaigns and ideas to promote inclusivity. It is hoped that the students will share their new-found expertise from the session with the leaders of the school and the wider student body to enable NCL to reach maximum inclusivity.
Miss Samankar, Teacher of Science and protected characteristics lead, who organised the workshop, was pleased with the enthusiasm shown by the students and their creativity in terms of strategies to raise awareness across the school about disablist discrimination. She has already shared these with leadership, so watch this space!
Thank-you to Andrew for leading this thought provoking and informative workshop which has prompted us to take further action against disablist discrimination.