Special school wins award as most inclusive school in Britain

The winner of the fourth annual Accord Coalition’s Inclusive Schools Award is a special school (for the first time) which has been highlighted by Ofsted for its approach to religious education. This is from the Independent…

Now that education-standards watchdog Ofsted no longer rates schools on their efforts to promote community cohesion, the Accord Coalition’s Inclusive Schools Award takes on a new dimension. It can give some deserved credit to schools that have been beavering away to break down barriers – not, of course, that the award is their main reason for doing so…

The winner was Little Heath School, a special school in Romford, where pupils not only study the six major world faiths within the school, but also Humanism, the Baha’i faith and Jainism. In addition, it has a Zoroastrian teacher on its staff.

Interestingly, since the school took the decision to enter the awards, its approach to religious education has been highlighted by Ofsted as an example for other special schools to follow – a way, obviously, that Ofsted still can reward efforts to promote cohesion and spread the message to other schools.

Another aspect of the school’s work that was highly thought of by the judges was its health and fitness garden, which has been dedicated to the memory of the holocaust victim Anne Frank and has a plaque devoted to her memory.

More at:  Chalk Talk: It’s top marks for the most inclusive schools in Britain

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