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“What is discrimination?”. Learning Objective: -To be able to understand the different definitions of discrimination. -To be aware of different targets of discrimination and contexts in which it can occur. -To be able to understand how to create a definition of discrimination.

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“What is discrimination?”

Learning Objective:

-To be able to understand the different definitions of discrimination.

-To be aware of different targets of discrimination and contexts in which it can occur.

-To be able to understand how to create a definition of discrimination.


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What is ‘discrimination’?


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What makes something ‘discrimination’?

  • Think about…

  • What counts as discrimination?

  • Who can be discriminated against?

  • Where might discrimination happen?

  • Think about…

  • Think of local or media examples of acts of discrimination that you’ve heard of.


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'Age discrimination is rife within the BBC, but they get away with it'

  • The BBC accused of "ageism" from its own after radio staff claim they have been told to keep old people off the air.

  • The BBC is turning its back on older, loyal listeners who make up the backbone of the local radio audience… in the search for a younger audience in the face of flagging ratings.

  • [A producer] said the BBC was dumping older,

  • popular, Broadcasters.

"It is not just the listeners who are being discriminated against, it is the presenters."


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Mothers 'face job discrimination'

  • Women face ongoing discrimination in the workplace, a major review of inequality in the UK suggests.

  • A partnered mother with a child aged under 11 is 45% less likely to be in work than a partnered man, the Equalities Review says.


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Gay Couple Win B&B Discrimination Case

The Christian owners of a seaside guesthouse acted unlawfully by refusing to let a gay couple share a double bed, a judge has ruled in a landmark case.

“Regardless of each person's religious beliefs, no-one is above the law."

"Religious freedom shouldn't be used as a cloak for prejudice."


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Employers discriminate against Muslims, study finds

  • Muslims face "massive discrimination" when applying for jobs, according to the first scientifically validated study of anti-Muslim bias among employers in France.

  • Young Muslims are at even higher risk of being unemployed. Muslims aged between 16 and 24 have the highest jobless rates of any group, with a jobless rate of 28 per cent compared with 11 per cent, according to the Office of National Statistics.


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Main activity 2: Create a definition of discrimination

  • Can you create your own definition of discrimination?

  • Create posters displaying your definition to use around the school.

  • Think about…

  • Is it better to be less specific, or more detailed?

  • Is it better to be detailed or short & easy to understand?

  • Consider the environment that your definitions will be read in, who will see them?

  • Does this change the emphasis of your definition?


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Plenary/feedback

  • What are some definitions of discrimination?

  • Can you give an example of discrimination?

  • Can you describe discrimination in one sentence?

  • In what way are some definitions more useful than others?

  • Learning Objective:

  • -To be able to understand the different definitions of discrimination.

  • -To be aware of different targets of discrimination and contexts in which it can occur.

  • -To be able to understand how different definitions of discrimination might be useful/un-useful in helping people understand and identify what racism is.

You can find out more about tackling racism in schools, by visiting www.tackling-racism.co.uk


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