THE HOPE PROGRAM
Delivering Diversity - Enhancing Equality
An accessible, interactive and inclusive program which is suitable for both staff and students within any educational environment.
The HOPE Program offers opportunities for staff and students to explore and celebrate their own uniqueness and is invaluable in that it can create a forum for the development of real and measurable cultural enhancement in terms of recruitment, retention, achievement and progression.
This program uses, as a starting point, the Equality Act 2010, and ensures that all members of your community gain knowledge and understanding of the importance of creating a safe and respectful space for everyone within your community.
The aims of this program are to:
- Encourage a sense of community amongst the student body
- Cover key concepts in a fast-paced, fun and interactive way
- Ensure a standardised delivery of diversity education.
- Offer strategies for embedding E & D into lesson planning
There is great potential for flexible delivery through interactive arts activities and, although suitable for all age groups, the program will be tailored to suit specific learners.
UNIT ONE is most relevant and accessible for younger learners.
UNITS ONE & TWO are beneficial for Secondary, Post-16 and Staff CPD.
GUIDED BUT NOT PRESCRIPTIVE
Each short module contains a variety of INTERACTIVE and ADAPTABLE activity options which can be delivered at a level suitable for all learners AND to suit individual teaching styles and environments.
This program may form the foundations of a larger cross-department Pro-Equality initiative to engage with the local community throughout the academic year, culminating in a community-wide festival in the Summer Term.
UNIT ONE is in 5 parts and is an introduction to key terms and concepts:
A. FEELINGS & EMPATHY
B. ACTIONS & CONSEQUENCES
C. STEREOTYPING & LIMITING LABELLING
D. DIVERSITY & DISCRIMINATION
E. HARASSMENT & VICTIMISATION
UNIT TWO is in 10 parts:
A. Introducing the EQUALITY ACT 2010 – What it means for YOU (Interactive exploration to illustrate how the Act affects us all)
B. - J. Each covering a “Protected Characteristic” and designed to be delivered at a time to coincide with national or international days in the Diversity Calendar.
The entire program may be delivered over two days but is also available as an on-going series of workshops throughout the academic year and with support towards the planning, preparation and execution of your Pro-Equality Community Festival.
David has a wealth of experience delivering training, teaching and learning to a wide age group and in a variety of contexts. This is evident in his delivery style which is inclusive, supportive and also 'challenging' to encourage learners to think and develop. David's enthusiastic, committed and passionate ethos towards E&D and inclusivity has led to a range of inspirational training sessions. David has won the hearts and minds of staff in two very different contexts (one a tertiary college and the other a land-based college 15 miles apart).
In addition to the well-planned and structured sessions for academic staff, David has responded to the needs of business support staff and delivered a series of differentiated respect sessions, to meet their needs. The impact of the sessions is evident in both classroom based activities and tutorials. The feedback from which has been overwhelmingly positive.
Quality Improvement & Performance Manager
at Sparsholt College
Taken directly from one college’s Feedback Forum
Good - An enjoyable session, with knowledgeable leads. As this is a subject taught to all learners this will help to embed any knowledge they currently have.
Good - I enjoyed this session. Good inclusion amongst staff. As I mentioned during the session, it would be good if we can access useful short film sequences on the relevant subjects to spark off discussions amongst the students. I think getting the students to discuss the issues is the key point in all this!
Excellent - It was a good introduction to the equality act 2010 and it is reassuring to know that there are resources available to be able to deliver this topic during the tutorial lessons.
Excellent - Really interesting session.
Good - A very good overview of the Equality Act 2010
Good - Interesting session
Good - Interesting. Good range of activities. Time was an issue as some questions could not get a full answer.
Good - A good informative session that recapped E&D and explained what was expected next year.
Good - Gives us further avenues to embed E&D into our lessons
Good - Interesting topic. I will definitely be using the presentation for the new students in September. Great for awareness and what is acceptable and what is not!
Good - rather fun session but as this is embedded into everything I teach it was revision rather than learning something new.
Good - Good course makes me think
Average - Missed part of this as I had an interview but read the power points that the presenter David Watters distributed. This is information I need to be aware of and very helpful
Average - not what expected but found it very useful
Good - Enjoyable session
Excellent - A good debate which could have lasted all day but was well structured and flowed.
Good - Good pace of session, interesting and snappy
Good - I felt that the Respect Campaign was very well presented and kept directly on the subject. This made it very easy to follow what the course was about and identify the main aspects.
Good - good overall session but a bit basic.
Good - The course was active and informative, I felt I gained a deeper understanding of the equality and diversity act as well as being able to give specific examples of this within my own professional and personal life.
Average - Very good, useful reminder
Good - useful update Respect Campaign
Good - Was fine - got what I needed
Good - This was a very interesting session and I think it will be a useful campaign for the college to run.
Good - Enjoyable
Good - Thought provoking
Average - Interesting PPoint and Discrimination discussion.
Average - very thought provoking
Good - A good informative session
Good - Some good info on legislation