The Inclusive Curriculum Tool is a reflective self-evaluation tool which can support you to gain an overview of the inclusivity of your module or programme-component and:
- understand what an inclusive curriculum looks like in practice.
- consider elements of inclusivity in your module/programme-component.
- identify elements of inclusivity you wish to prioritise.
What does it do?
- It provides a module level, or programme-component level, overview of the inclusivity of your module or programme-component.
- It is possible to use the tool at programme level, aggregating module-level information, to gain an end-to-end overview of the inclusivity of a programme. This auto-generates a programme level ‘inclusivity overview’ document, complete with graphics. If you are interested in using the tool at programme level, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why use it?
- It supports the delivery of the Inclusivity Value in our Liverpool Curriculum Framework, which underpins key curriculum processes.
- It supports work towards the Race Equality Charter, the Student Success Framework, and the Access and Participation Plan.
- It supports UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 – Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education.
While some recommendations in the tool are specific to a particular group of students, many are generic, supporting equality for all. This approach is best practice, but risks a lack of visibility for certain student groups, in particular UK students of colour, for whom there is no unique recommendation. For this reason, we ask you to be particularly mindful of race equality when completing the tool, as, like many other institutions, we work towards removing any degree-awarding gaps affecting these students.
We remind you that the protected characteristics are: age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, and ask you to consider each of these in turn for any generic statement.
Working through the tool and the guidance (if you need it) is estimated to take approximately 1 hour. If you are very familiar with inclusive practice it may take approximately 30 minutes.
- When you submit the form, you are given the option to request a downloadable pdf of your results - effectively a snapshot of the inclusivity of your module or programme-component. We recommend you select this option, as this means you receive a copy of all the data you have entered, including your examples and action points.
- The tool contains embedded links to guidance, explaining the statements and providing examples of inclusivity.
- If you find yourself repeatedly selecting ‘not applicable’ for statements, please email email@example.com, as we may be able to provide you with additional support.
- If you would like any follow-up support, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading ‘Inclusive Curriculum’.
How to use it: my choices
Your choices about how to use the tool depend on your preferences about format and data.
The online version of the Inclusive Curriculum Tool has been set up by the Centre for Innovation in Education, and is backed by a database which we hold. There is information about what this means with regard to your data below. You do not have to use this online version if you would prefer not to, as there are other options available to you:
- You may download a paper-based copy (Inclusive Curriculum Tool - Offline version) and complete it. You do not share any data, and do not have the functionality to receive a downloadable pdf of your results.
- You may use the CIE-hosted online version Inclusive Curriculum Tool, in which case you consent to your data being held by the Centre for Innovation in Education. Our only interest in the data is to identify trends about: which departments are working with the tool, general staff support needs, and possible best practice case studies. We will not share your data without your consent. You can request a downloadable pdf of your results when you submit the form.
- You may follow our instructions to create your own personal online copy of the form (Individual Inclusive Curriculum support tool guide). This allows you to host your data in an auto-generated Excel spreadsheet. As you’ll own the form you probably won’t want a downloadable pdf of your results, but you’ll have that facility if you wish.
- You may request a departmental version of the form be set up, in which case please ask your department to contact email@example.com, so we can support them to set up and host a copy of the tool. Your data will be held by your department.
If you wish to use the tool with a programme team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can support you with this, both in setting up the link and in sharing additional resources available for programme teams.
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