There are many Curriculum Support Resources available here and through the main Equality Commission’s website (including a variety of Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and pen and paper activities) that you may find useful.
The suggested lesson ideas using the ‘Do you mean me?’ research will inform and clarify personal viewpoints and opportunities to respond to real life situations. You can use the resources to encourage groups to discuss topical equality issues and how they would like things to be in the future.
Below is a list of suggested lesson ideas based on developing skills, knowledge and deeper understanding of equality issues.
Challenge Social Attitudes
The development of social attitudes can create positive or negative feelings towards different groups in society. It is an important topic of study to challenge our social attitudes.
Use one or more of these resources during lessons to challenge social attitudes in the group.
- Survey Yourself – this is an interactive website exercise
Start by encouraging the group to take part in a mini equality survey – Survey Yourself to compare their personal attitudes with the results from the Equality Awareness Survey. (Please explain to the group that the original survey was from a cross section of society in Northern Ireland and that their demographic may display different attitudes to the average.)After they have interacted with other areas of the site they can re-survey themselves (perhaps as a homework exercise) to discover if their attitudes have altered.
- Why did I experience discrimination? – this is a written exercise
Working through the questions, encourage the group to consider how actions can often result in discrimination against relevant sectors of society. Download the Work Sheet (Word document).
- How balanced are your views? – this is an interactive website exercise
The activity offers the group an opportunity to understand how balanced their personal attitude is towards others in society.Individually completing the Wheel of Discrimination will produce personal visual representation of their attitudes towards different groups in society. Dependent on their answers, the site may recommend further reading that will help inform their attitudes.Students can complete the wheel as many times as they like (in their own time or as a homework exercise) and no personal information, apart from their age, if given, is stored by the site.
- Identifying prejudice and harassment – this is an interactive website exercise
We have included a series of Equality Stories to highlight the effect holding discriminatory views can have on people’s lives and how the Equality Commission can assist victims of discrimination.The Equality Stories on this website can be read and reviewed individually or can be presented on a white board to the group. Use the “Points to Consider” and “Challenge Your Perception” areas to stimulate debate and help identify where prejudice or harassment has occurred. Encourage the group to complete the interactive poll at the end of each story (to assess how the story has affected their opinion) and encourage them to supply a comment. The comment can either be regarding the story or if they have or know someone who has experienced discrimination.
Key Stage 2/3 – building relationships
Use one or more of these resources during lessons to focus on respect for diversity and how to respond to conflict.
- Respect and conflict – this is a mixture of website and written exercises
Take the group through the story boards of Althea and Brooke & Scott’s stories and encourage discussion on different cultures in the classroom.To encourage debate and solutions for bullying you can download the accompanying exercise (Word document).
- Inclusion – what I can do – this is written exercise
Explore with the group on how they can participate in and influence democratic processes and promote equality within their environment and local community.Download the Inclusion – What I Can Do (Word document).
- How has EQUALITY improved your life? – this is a group discussion exercise
In 2011 the Equality Commission spoke on camera, to the public to seek their views on how equality has changed lives of real people.Watch this video (4.33 mins) on the white board and lead a discussion with the group on how they think equality has improved their lives and lives of other people in society.
Key Stage 3/4 – knowledge and understanding
Use one or more of these resources during lessons to focus on preparation for playing an active role in society.
- What effect can discrimination have on an individual? – this is a written exercise with the option of an interactive exercise
This is a group exercise designed to prompt thoughts on how acts of discrimination can impact on members of society. Ask the group to complete the exercise What effect can discrimination have on an individual? (Word document) and discuss their perceptions of unfair treatment.The equality grounds can be selected by you or this exercise can be used alongside the equality stories on this site.
- Introduction to the Role of the Equality Commission – this is an online presentation exercise
You can use this presentation to explore with the group the role of the Equality Commission. Alternatively it could be set as a homework task by asking the group to explore the the Role of the Equality Commission Presentation and Quiz
- Inequalities in NI – this is an online presentation exercise
Download and present to the group the interactive Powerpoint Quiz “Inequalities in NI – Quiz”. Challenge your group to discuss how their attitudes compare with the results from the Equality Awareness Survey.
- Survey highlights interactive information graphic – this is an interactive website exercise
Take the group through the ‘Do You Mean Me?’ survey highlights and seek feedback from the group on potential consequences of holding discriminatory views.Investigate their knowledge of the role of the Equality Commission and if they believe equality laws are important. Note any changes in attitudes, significant trends or improvements.This exercise can be used as an information session to follow on from the ‘Inequalities in NI quiz’.
Key Stage 4/5 – diversity and inclusion
Use one or more of these resources during lessons to focus on diversity and inclusion.
- Role of the Equality Commission – this is an online presentation exercise
Use this presentation to explain to the group the role of the Equality Commission and challenge their knowledge with the quiz.The subject Role of the Equality Commission is essential for groups studying GCSE Learning for Life and Work. We have provided information on this website about the Equality Commission and this page will complement the online presentation.
- Looking for employment – this is an online presentation exercise
The Equality Commission has provided a power point presentation Fair Recruitment & Selection for Employment which will take the group through the five stages of recruitment from an equality perspective.
- Discrimination in the workplace – this is a written exercise
The scenarios are based on real life experiences and include notes on the outcome of each scenario for your information. This exercise will provide an opportunity to discuss as a group how discrimination could be avoided in employment. Download Employment Discussion Scenarios (Word document).
- Is this discrimination? – this is a power point presentation exercise with the option of an interactive website exercise
In conjunction with the Equality Stories on this website download this Powerpoint Presentation to further inspire debate Is this discrimination – discrimination scenarios (Power point presentation)
The above lesson plans are our suggestions on how to use these resources, however we would encourage you to use as many of the resources as you wish, irrespective of the curriculum objective.
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