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Equality and Diversity

'Children flourish in environments that promote diversity, equality and inclusion.'

Equality and diversity at Almond Hill 

Our school is committed to ‘Aim High’ and ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, carers, and parents who form part of our school community and receive services from our school. We aim to promote an ethos of inclusivity and to celebrate the diversity of all those who are connected with our school to ensure all groups prosper regardless of the protective characteristics.

At Almond Hill, we aim to foster good relationship between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not. We promote friendship, tolerance, and understanding of uniqueness. This may be achieved through teaching in RE and PSHCE lessons, in reading text and stories from different cultures, learning a modern language or exploring music from different parts of the world for example. We discuss world and current issues in assemblies and invite our children to lead assemblies. We promote links with our local community and welcome visitors with special knowledge to support our learning and understanding

What is equality?

Equality refers to the right of every individual to equal treatment and opportunities, regardless of factors like gender, race and social position.

Equality is based on the belief that nobody should have poorer life chances because of things like where they come from, what they believe, their sexual orientation and whether they have a disability.

Historically, certain groups have faced discrimination for these characteristics, while lots of people continue to struggle against discrimination today, in Britain and around the world. Equality recognises these injustices and promotes a fairer society.

Equality is not about benefiting some people at the expense of others, but rather benefiting everyone.

How is the Equality Act 2010 relevant to young people's lives?

Discriminatory behaviour often stems from ignorance. A lack of understanding of different cultures, beliefs or lifestyles is often a factor in things like bullying.

It’s essential to educate young people about equality, diversity, identity and human rights so that they learn to respect others, celebrate diversity and recognise prejudice and discrimination.

As children get older, they’ll increasingly find themselves in positions where issues of inequality and discrimination can impact them: in school, in further education, in work and in wider society.

Teaching children about their rights and the rights of others is important, and knowledge of the Equality Act 2010 will mean children can speak out on issues related to equality, now and in the future.

What’s the difference between equality and diversity?

Equality involves making sure everyone has equal opportunities, ensuring that nobody is treated differently because of protected characteristics.

Diversity involves considering the differences between people and valuing these differences as a positive.

Diversity

Diversity involves promoting and celebrating the differences between us. It’s associated with promoting human rights, and is based on principles like dignity and respect. It requires taking into account and valuing people’s different backgrounds, knowledge and experiences, and creating an environment that makes positive use of these differences.
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What have we been doing in school?

Our Diversity is our Strength

Year 3 Diversity 

We have been thinking about diversity in 3B and all the wonderful things that make us unique. Come and learn all about us!

November 2021

Year 6 - Our Heritage

November 2021

 

National Hate Crime Awareness Week

It was National Hate Crime Awareness Week last week and year 4 had an assembly on what a 'hate crime is.'  We went through a scenario and talked about how we can react if someone is hateful to us.  The children were able to express how it makes one feel and what they would do.
October 2021

Black History Month

This month is Black History month, so we decided to have a brief look at how black britons have helped shape our nation.  We looked at a timeline which showed different times when black people came to Britain and what they have done.  We learned that black people have been here since the Roman times!
October 2021

Anti Racism

Recently parents were informed that Mrs Fordham and Mrs Barham attended an anti-racism course and this would form part of our ongoing curriculum development and was a high area of importance for us at Almond Hill. As an introduction to this work, teachers will be sharing a video with their classes about this very important topic. To watch the video please see below.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zv9g9j6
June 2021