Everyone is welcome here.
Everyone can be the best that they can be.
Diversity Council is a group of children from across the school that meet regularly to discuss and act on issues involving diversity, equality and inclusion.
We all believe strongly that everyone should be treated fairly and have the same opportunities. We believe that no person should be discriminated against because of their age, gender, colour of their skin, culture, family background, disability or identity.
We want every child in the school to feel welcome and happy here and for everyone to know that they have an equal chance to be the best that they can be. We work with Mrs Wilce-Cordner to think of ways in which we can be inclusive and promote diversity.
Are you interested in becoming a diversity and equality champion in our school? Read this letter to find out how!
We have had a number of focused projects so far this year:
Earlier this year, we had some assemblies about representation. We learnt that representation is important if we want everyone to feel valued and be the best that they can be. We learnt about stereotypes and how they can be harmful in preventing people from being the best that they can be. We agreed that being caring or good at sport is not defined by your gender!
We thought about our class names and whether they represented our school community. We decided that something needed to change!
To start with, we did a survey and over 100 suggestions for class names were made! We also asked each class what they would like to be called.
When choosing our class names, the following things were important:
Does the person represent our school values?
Does the person match our school theme of discovery?
We were looking for all types of scientists and discoverers so that everyone could find a role model or inspiration in our names. We wanted a set of names that represented our school community better. We worked hard to put a list of suggestions together and some of us visited the senior leadership team to explain our choices and ask for the names to be changed.
We are pleased to say that some of the names are changing! We didn’t need to change them all and we wanted to keep some of the original class names as they are part of our school history. We did an assembly to the whole school to tell them about the changes. It was really nerve-wracking and exciting! We were really proud of ourselves for making a difference.
We have worked hard to make sure that everyone has someone to be inspired by here and that we have representation from all genders and skin colours, those with disabilities both neuro and physical, discoverers that come from all types of families and backgrounds and those that are part of the LGBTQ community.
Here is the letter that has been sent to all parents about the class name change:
Letter to Parents - Class names
We looked at some of the learning resources we have in school, particularly books, to make sure they have good representation. Now, each classroom has a 'Reading Tree' with more diverse books and there is a Diversity Council recommendation section in our library.
If you have any ideas about diversity or inclusion then please speak to your class council member and we will bring your ideas to our meetings.
House Name Change
Following our big project to change some of our class names last year, The Diversity Council have been working hard on changing our House names too.
The children felt that although the previous House names – Scott, Shackleton, Cook and Franklin - tied in with the theme of ‘discovery’, they didn’t represent our school community in terms of diversity and values.
As we have already changed our class names to more diverse people, the children wanted something completely different. First, The Diversity Council asked the children in their classes for ideas. The first list of ideas had 36 suggestions! Although they were great ideas it made it really difficult to choose. So the council decided to choose some of their favourite ideas and ask the school to vote.
Each class voted for their top three ideas. In first place – the idea that will become our new House names is: Gemstones!
Each colour house will be represented by a different gemstone as follows:
Red - Garnet
Blue - Topaz
Yellow - Citrine
Green – Peridot
The gemstones also link to our school values of perseverance, respect, friendship, kindness and honesty. Click on the link below to find out more about this:
Diversity Council House Name Change Presentation
The next steps for The Diversity Council are to come up with ideas of how we can use our Houses more in school – not just for Sports Day and Assemblies.
If you have any ideas about how we can use our Houses more, please let us know.
Here are some of our thoughts about equality and ideas we have for diversity projects and improvements:
"I think girls are still treated differently to boys, I want to live in a world where everyone is treated fairly" - Emily, Year 5
"I'm not from England and I want everyone to know that it doesn't matter where you are from, you should be treated equally" Ilvy, Year 5
"I believe in feminism and want to end any discrimination because of your race or nationality" Iris, Year 5
"I want women to have equal rights" Kaavya, Year 4
" I would like to challenge the way that men are presented to be better or stronger than women. Everyone has weaknesses and get strength from different things" Eva, Year 6
As well as the work with The Diversity Council, the school has taken a number of positive actions with staff and the wider school to ensure that we remain at the forefront of the promotion of diversity, equality and fairness. We want our children and staff to be able to recognise and challenge any kind of discrimination.
So far this year:
1. We have had whole staff training on adopting and anti-racist approach, racial micro-aggressions and their impact.
2. Teachers have had CPD to identify and address representation in the texts that we use in school - including our reading scheme, curriculum texts and book corners. The school has invested thousands of pounds on high quality texts to ensure that our curriculum offer is broad and that all groups have positive representation in what we are presenting to children.
3. Children have had weekly assemblies promoting all areas of diversity
4. We have joined schools and organisations around the country in marking celebration, awareness and acceptance weeks - such as Black History Month, Autism Acceptance Month, International Women's Day, Women's History Month etc.
5. Governors have had training on diversity and inclusion, including anti-racism
You may also be interested in the following pages of our school website:
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)