; School Responses

Duncanrigg Secondary

Young people are benefitting from links across their learning in social subjects, RME and English. In all these areas, they are looking at themes relating to tolerance which affect Scottish society.    In S2 RME, they spend around 4 months looking at anti-sectarianism including input from Nil by Mouth.  Other themes covered in S2 are islamophobia and anti-semitism.   In S1 history, young people cover anti-English prejudice in the context of the wars in independence. In S3, they cover Irish immigration.  In S2 social studies, young people study modern studies, geography and history in rotation and focus on the theme of Scotland. In modern studies, they focus on “what makes us Scottish?” and consider themes of racism, discrimination and multi-culturalism. In geography, they consider how the physical environment of Scotland has influenced its people, including in rural and urban settings. In history, they study slavery, including its impact on Scotland and Glasgow.   In English, pupils across the stages study novels and short stories with a sectarian theme.    A group of pupils in S1 are taking part in a South Lanarkshire public speaking competition and will speak on the theme of anti-sectarianism.   As part of the school’s developing approaches to interdisciplinary learning, Tolerance Week takes place at the end of January, and this session involved S1 and S2 pupils across all subject departments. There is also a Scotland Week to coincide with St Andrew’s Day which focuses on aspects of citizenship and respect as part of health and wellbeing.  There are plans to use The Divided City resources in S2 English/RME; and to link RME and drama with the play, I’m no a Billy, he’s a Tim.

GarscaddenPrimary School, Glasgow

The school has continually developed its practice in this area. In 2008 the headteacher developed the literacy pack for Glasgow schools for the novel ‘The Divided City’. Since becoming HT at Garscadden she has developed this work further across the learning community and all P7 children are involved. Children work in partnership with St Brendan’s PS, visiting one another’s schools, participating in joint drama lessons, attending the study centres at both CelticPark and Ibrox stadium to work on joint projects. The school works closely with Sense Over Sectarianism for six cooperative teaching experiences at P7. They have developed their work into the understanding of the Holocaust and linked this to their WW2 topic. Children presented at the City Chambers and have had their poems about the Holocaust published. The headteacher has now planned a joint project with pre-5 partners to share learning through the book ’The Rainbow Fish’.

South Lanarkshire Council's Parasite Project: anti-sectarianism, linking Scotland, Northern Ireland, & Kenya

The Parasite Project (named after the First Minister's reference to sectarianism as a "parasite" in Scottish society) was led by a seconded teacher from St Louise's Primary School, East Kilbride. It focused on Gaelic as a medium and sectarianism as a stimulus. It looked at sectarianism through reading and writing in Irish and Scots Gaelic, as well as listening and talking in English.

The project involved Glasgow Gaelic School, Mount Cameron Primary School's Gaelic unit, and Calderglen High School's Gaelic unit in Scotland, Colaiste Feirste and St Enda's in Belfast, all of whom wrote about religious sectarianism and Rift Valley Primary School in Kenya who shared their views about tribalism. Young people in these establishments created a classroom project looking at the history of sectarianism in their country. The schools then made copies of the projects and sent them to their partner schools in Scotland, Belfast and Kenya. Receiving the projects from their partner schools allowed the young people to explore sectarianism through the eyes of their peers in other schools and other countries.

Young people from Glasgow Gaelic School and Calderglen High School are to visit Colaiste Feirste and St Enda's schools in Belfast in June 2012 for a cultural exchange. Projects were written in the partners' working languages, with a translation CD in English included with each. The projects are collated into a book with a final chapter made up of comments and suggestions the schools have given each other on their respective projects. A copy of the book will be sent to political leaders in the countries concerned.


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