Be inclusive

Using inclusive language shows courtesy and respect for diversity. Before identifying particular characteristics about people when you write, ask whether it is necessary and relevant to the discussion.

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Avoid gendered pronouns: Avoid writing his/her, it is now acceptable to use ‘their’ even if the subject of your sentence is singular.

If it is necessary, then use words that emphasise people’s humanity, rather than focusing on their gender, race, cultural background, religion, age, sexual orientation, physical or intellectual ability or appearance.

Correct Incorrect
people with disabilitiesdisabled people
first or given nameChristian name
English as an additional language (EAL) or languages other than English (LOTE)non-English speaking background (NESB)
domestic partnerhusband or wife
police officerpoliceman
Write your answers in the booklet supplied.The student should write his/her answers in the booklet supplied.