Education Scotland was established on 1 July 2011 by the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning as a new public body, charged with supporting quality and improvement in Scottish education and thereby securing the delivery of better learning experiences and outcomes for Scottish learners of all ages.

Statement: In Scotland, sectarianism is most often related to Protestant and Roman Catholic divisions within Christianity and the bigotry that manifests itself through abusive actions and words. The focus of this area is to encourage educational centres to tackle these divisions.

Definition of Sectarianism: A person is sectarian if he or she ‘adheres in a bigoted or narrow-minded fashion to a sect or body of persons who have agreed upon particular doctrines or practices’. (Oxford English Dictionary)

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Balloon Tag This activity helps young people learn about world religions by having fun trying to burst each other’s balloons, but there is a serious message in the follow-up card game and poster activity.

Lines of Prejudice Young people consider personal prejudices and preconceptions, and are encouraged to challenge stereotypes.

Responsibility Continuum A tried and tested activity which encourages participants to think about who is responsible for sectarianism and raises awareness of who has the power to challenge sectarianism.

Sculpting Sculpting encourages participants to think about situations where sectarianism might occur and how they might react to it.

Snapshots This role-play activity with a difference increases awareness of how certain actions lead to certain consequences and how changing one action can create a completely different outcome.

Whispers In this ice-breaker activity, participants understand how information can become confused or distorted when not coming from its source. Participants improve communication and active listening skills.

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Are you doing work that tackles sectarianism?

The action you have taken could inform and enable others to do the same. We are reaching out across Scotland to find examples of projects, videos, music, session plans, cartoons, toolkits and any other resources that you think will help others to take action on sectarianism.

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Get support for sectarianism

If you have experienced or witnessed any form of sectarianism you can get information on the support available in the guidance sections of the young people and adults pages. If you need to report a hate crime you can do so by contacting Police Scotland or through a Third Party Reporting Centre. More information on this is available in our Guidance pages.
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Do something in your community

If you want to take action and do something to tackle sectarianism in your community you can find out how others have been successful in our Directory and Library pages. There is lots of information there to use as inspiration.
If you are doing something, tell us about it and we will feature your good news and events on the website and through our social media channels. Also get in touch if you need support or guidance.
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Have resources to upload?

Have you created an amazing resource that helps to tackle sectarianism in your community? Then why not share it with us and let others access it and learn from your good practice.To submit a resource, event or news article email or call us at the details below.
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