Ensure groups are inclusive
Convey what it feels like to be an 'outsider' with this interesting game.
- Divide the unit into small groups of up to eight and space them out around the room.
- Explain that each group has to come up with two different games – they can be either active or sitting-down games.
- Ask all the groups to begin playing their first game. After a short while, pause the games and explain that from now on they must play in silence. Give them one minute to speak and decide on a non-verbal way of communicating, such as hand gestures. Then ask them to begin playing in silence.
- Allow them a couple of minutes to get into the game before tapping one girl from each group on the shoulder (ideally someone who is taking an active or leading role). Walk them to one of the other groups without speaking. Each group will now have a new member.
- After a few more minutes, swap another person around. Do this a few more times until each group is made up of approximately half the original members and half new members.
- Let the games continue for another couple of minutes and then shout ‘Change!’. The groups must start playing their second game – without speaking.
- After a few minutes of playing the second game, call them back together as a group
- Ask the groups the following questions. Did the girls who joined a new group feel excluded? What methods did the groups use to try and include everyone? How hard did they find the activity?
- Discuss how they can make their unit more inclusive to all. Did the groups accommodate new members? What does it feel like to be on the outside? Can this happen in meetings because of an assumption that everyone understands guiding? What can we learn from this activity about building inclusive groups?
- Together, draw up an action plan to detail how your unit will become more inclusive in the future. Over the next few terms, keep referring back to your plan to check whether you are using any of the ideas.
Subjects like equality can encourage lively debate. Make sure everyone gets a say and manage any challenges from girls by following the guidance set out in our Guiding Conversation on behaviour.
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