Courses

Early Years

Supporting children, young people and families from diverse cultural backgrounds

Course Length: Half day, twilight or evening course

We live in a multi-cultural society and benefit from the rich diversity that this brings. However, challenges can arise when supporting people from different cultural backgrounds than our own. We all need to meet the requirements of the Equalities Act 2010, but this course takes us beyond merely not discriminating against people from different cultures and looks at how to successfully include everyone. If you want to know how to be more effective in the support that you give then this course is for you.

This course looks at the concept of culture and how we all have been shaped by the cultural influences that we have encountered. It considers generalisations and stereotypes, cultural norms and values, and communicating across cultures.

OFSTED requires all schools and Early Years settings to promote SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) development and British values.

Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their:

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others
  • understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
  • willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities
  • interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

British values include:

  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

By attending this course staff can explore the concept of cultural development and consider how this appreciation of cultures is promoted within their setting.

Communicating Across Cultures

Course Length: Full day, half day, twilight or evening course

Communication is a complex process which occurswhenever someone attributes meaning to another’s words and actions’ (Martin & Nakayama 2011). With subtle differences around how different cultural groups communicate, there is much opportunity for misunderstandings to occur.

This course looks at how culture impacts upon our communication and suggests strategies to communicate effectively. If you interact with people from different cultures then this course is for you.