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Shavington Academy near Crewe has been recognised in a national award for schools that work hardest at promoting social cohesion and boosting the growth of mutual understanding between people from different backgrounds. The school has been placed second in the Accord Inclusivity Award, one of only three schools recognised across the country. The annual award is open to all schools in England and Wales and was judged by a diverse panel of experts.
Aspects of the school's work that drew praise include:
Chair of the judging panel, the Reverend Stephen Terry, said 'Shavington Academy displays a deep and multifaceted commitment to creating an outward looking and inclusive environment. These are very important qualities that are too often ignored by many schools. Ways Shavington Academy have achieved this include from pro-actively challenging stereotypes, to providing very high quality RE and assemblies to the end of Key Stage 4, to obtaining support for its various approaches from parents. The judging panel are delighted to recognise it as an example for other schools across the country to follow.'
Head teacher at the school, Carol White, said 'We are absolutely delighted to have been recognised by Accord for the work that we do. Receiving this award encourages us to build on what we do and to continue to provide diverse experiences for our pupils to learn from.'
Recognised by Ofsted as a project that schools can participate in to support their legal equality duties, the annual Inclusivity Award has been running since 2009. It is open to all schools in England and Wales and rewards those that that work hardest to promote inclusivity and the growth of mutual understanding, with particular regard to that on the grounds of religion and belief. Past winners have faced a wide array of challenges. The judges for the 2018 Award were:
About the Inclusivity Award
Now in its ninth year, the annual Accord Inclusivity Award is open to all state funded schools in England and Wales. It seeks to reward those that work hardest at promoting an inclusive ethos and advancing the growth of mutual understanding, particularly on the grounds of religion and ethnicity. Previous Award judges include former Conservative Secretary of State for Education, Lord Baker of Dorking; the then Labour Shadow Minister for Children, Lisa Nandy MP; the Bishop of Buckingham, The Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson; the former Bishop of Edinburgh, the Rt Rev Richard Holloway, and the journalist and writer Polly Toynbee. Further information on the Award can be found at http://accordcoalition.org.uk/inclusivity-award-2018/.