The BBC is reporting that a school has been told it cannot be rated as “outstanding” by Ofsted because pupils need to have more awareness of other British cultures…
St Lawrence School in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, which caters for 140 children with special needs, was visited last month.
It’s the second school in the county to be criticised for a lack of diversity.
Executive head Lea Mason said finding cultural opportunities in rural Lincolnshire was a “big challenge”.
Following the latest inspection, Ofsted said while it was a good school, it was not outstanding because pupils did not have a strong awareness of other cultures or wider issues of modern Britain.
Ms Mason said: “Our students are not immersed daily with cultures you might find in a city-based environment.”
However, she added: “I still think we have a responsibility to make our students aware of different cultures, but we are doing a lot already.
“We have lots of other challenges too – some of out students are not able to sit on a mini-bus for a long time to get to somewhere that has more cultural opportunities.”
Inspectors said while the school integrated spiritual, moral and social education into the curriculum, pupils had limited awareness of other faiths, cultures and traditions.
Last week it was revealed Ofsted reported that Market Rasen School in Lincolnshire could not be rated as outstanding because pupils lack experience of “the diverse make-up of modern British society”…
I get the point of understanding different cultures and diversity, but is there not a point where, in certain parts of the country, it becomes somewhat artificial to insist on a model of modern Britain that bears no resemblance to the one the children live and grow up in? Whose vision in the ‘correct’ one and exactly what does it look like? Your thoughts? Please share in the comments or via Twitter…
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