Diversity Mark nominee for Most Inclusive School 2022
When we say Queen Mary’s College is for everyone, we mean it. QMC is an inclusive place, where individuals can be valued and aspire to meet their potential whoever they are. Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion have evolved significantly, and we continue to evolve with it. We want to ensure that the college is consciously aware of any inequality, ensuring that diversity is not only celebrated, but reflected throughout the College community, and we want to actively engage in the process of people feeling supported to be who they are. QMC is a safe place for everyone and what is at the heart of it is kindness, value, and empowerment for all.
We do not shy away from areas that challenge us as a community, to ensure that we take inclusivity seriously and challenge inequality. We take our responsibility to be a part of ensuring those who can feel less valued are given equal access to opportunity and emotional wellbeing.
Noteworthy achievements of QMC’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Team this year include:
- ‘Stop and Search’ Advocacy Program: In collaboration with Basingstoke Unites Against Racism and Hampshire Police Force, QMC pioneered a unique initiative to address racism and ensure anti-racism remains at the forefront of daily practice. Through workshops and training, the programme aims to create a more inclusive and safeguarding-focused environment. This ground-breaking work has received accolades from various Hampshire organisations, including BBC South Today.
- Refugee Inclusion: QMC became the first college in Hampshire to invite refugees onto its campus, providing them with access to resources and support. Collaborating with Winchester University, QMC also spearheaded the organization of an upcoming conference in June, dedicated to promoting inclusivity among educational institutions countywide.
- Multilingual Language Hub: In a pioneering move, QMC established a unique language hub that offers key messages in multiple languages, catering to the needs of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students and their parents. This innovative initiative has set a precedent for inclusive communication.
- British Sign Language Training: QMC ensured a more inclusive atmosphere by training staff in British Sign Language, enabling effective communication and support for the hearing-impaired.
- Inclusive Learning: The College developed an in-house staff website featuring a curriculum designed to equip educators with the knowledge and tools to confidently deliver inclusive learning experiences.
- Neurodiversity Awareness: QMC organised training sessions and workshops to raise awareness of Neurodiversity among staff, fostering an environment that embraces diverse thinking and behaviour.
- Safety Walks and Themed Weeks: Collaborating with Hampshire Police, QMC hosted Safety Walks to enhance campus security. The college also organised themed weeks aimed at educating students and fostering a fully inclusive culture.