Medium and message: Scope

Disability charity Scope has created a teaching pack to be made available to every primary school in the country.

National disability charity Scope has created a new learning resource to promote understanding of diversity. The 'Imagine the Difference' teaching pack provides interactive activities for children aged five to 11. It will be available to every primary school within five years.

The pack includes teaching plans, activity sheets and assembly ideas. Scope hopes it will help prevent stereotypes by raising awareness of disability issues when children are still young.

"We've got the legislation in place, but if you don't change hearts and minds the legislation won't be effective," says Caroline Underwood, head of education at Scope. "Some schools don't have any disabled kids, so we want to open that barrier up for discussion. Imagine the Difference challenges children to imagine life as it is experienced by people who are different from them for all sorts of reasons."

The scheme has a dedicated website with a picture gallery and an interactive whiteboard that allows kids to chat online. Many of the programme's activities involve stories being read to children and discussions initiated at school assemblies.

"The assemblies are trying to introduce disability on a wider scale so you get a wider group of people thinking about it," says Underwood. "It really is about making a cultural shift in attitudes, and we think this can best be done in schools."

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus