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 is ensuring individuals or groups that are not treated differently or less favourably on the basis of specific protected characteristic, including areas of race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age.
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 is 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.
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.
What have we been doing in school?
Why are only some voices heard?
On Wednesday 8th June, the children at Almond Hill took part in a history day titled ‘Why are only some voices heard?’ which focused on how marginalised groups have faced inequality in the past and continue to do so now in the present. The children learnt about The British Empire, The Slave Trade and The Suffragettes and how these events impacted people’s lives in positive and negative ways. Some shocking facts were learnt throughout the day and the children engaged really well, creating some fantastic pieces of creative work, some of which can be seen below
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!
Year 6 - Our Heritage
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.
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!
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.
Cultural Planner 2022