Create an inclusive school environment, free from bullying and discrimination, for pupils with a visible difference, and find out about your legal obligations.
Classroom resources can help your pupils explore the ways in which people are different and how to accept these differences.
We encourage you to explore these classroom resources with your class whether or not you have pupils with a visible difference. It’s important that all pupils learn about difference and acceptance.
Our classroom resources are for all school, whether your institution has pupils with a visible difference or not. By exploring visible difference, we can help to change the negative stereotypes often associated with looking different. By creating inclusive schools, we can create an inclusive society which welcomes and includes everyone and values difference.
Talking to your pupils about visible difference as part of your day-to-day teaching practice is a key part of creating an inclusive learning environment for all pupils. Our resources for primary and secondary schools will help you to support pupils to discuss and explore issues such as:
- Respecting and valuing difference.
- Tackling appearance-related bullying.
- The importance of treating everyone fairly and equally.
If you’d value more information about appearance-related bullying, we have an in-depth resource which you may find useful.
Many schools use the books Wonder by RJ Palacio and Something Else by Kathryn Cave and Chris Riddell to help explore difference. We know that as educational professionals you’re often short on time so we’ve developed a range of resources and activities, linked to the PSHE/PSE curriculum, which you can use however little time you have.
Something Else by Kathryn Cave and Chris Riddell
Age range: 5 to 7
Something Else is a delightful picture book about looking different and acceptance. Our resources help your pupils think about what it means to be different and how that can sometimes feel.
Wonder by RJ Palacio
Age range: 9 to 11
The novel Wonder features a little boy, called Auggie, born with a craniofacial condition who starts school. Our comprehensive resources help you explore the book and facilitates discussions about visible difference.