Equality and Diversity Workshop at Kinlochleven 3-18 School

DYW West Highland work to promote equality throughout, so that every individual has an equal opportunity to make the most of their lives and talents. From education to employment no one should have poorer life chances because of the way they were born, where they come from, what they believe, or whether they have a disability. Through collaborative planning with Kinlochleven 3-18 School, this idea stemmed from building on the curriculum to promote equality and diversity.

We were delighted that S4-S6 pupils enjoyed an afternoon with Ledingham Chalmers solicitors, Kirk Tudhope and Alanah Mills who informed students about workplace equal opportunities.

The First HR Workshop Event

As part of HR (Human Resources) policies, Kirk explained to students that characteristics such as gender, religion, disability and age were protected so that pupils gained an idea of when an employee could take legal action against a workplace. After a brief and informative presentation,  pupils were then given questions to brainstorm the answers before being informed by the solicitors how these situations would be dealt with in real life practice. Questions asked included:

  • “If you were an HR professional, how would you deal with someone who was claiming to be homophobically bullied?”
  • ”What other things do you think could be added to the list of protected characteristics?”

These questions were very successful for creating an open discussion and encouraging students to think about how these issues should be correctly dealt with. The mixture of theory and interactive activities was effective for pupils to learn the theory of equal opportunity legislation before applying this knowledge to think of solutions to the HR case study questions. Head of Employment Law and Partner, Kirk commented:

‘With only a short while to go before they start their careers, it’s crucial the students have an understanding of how people should be treated in the workplace, the challenging judgement calls they may face, and how to approach things if something’s not right.’

Head Teacher of Kinlochleven 3-18 School, Rebecca Machin, commented:

‘I really think the Equalities workshop is a great example of collaborative planning and delivery of the curriculum and something we can build on, both within our school but as a DYW community. Thank you for taking this idea forward and making it work.’

Massive Thanks

As this event was a huge success and inspired young people to think about life in a workplace environment, DYW West Highland will be keen to roll these types of events out in other schools. Kirk commented:

‘I was thoroughly impressed by their attitude, their knowledge and their appreciation that, when it comes down to it, the only thing that should matter is a person’s ability, attitude and potential.’

A massive thanks goes to Alanah and Kirk who did a fantastic job in producing a very interesting session. We hope to see you again in 2020!

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