EqualitY & INCLUSION
No outsiders in our school - everyone is different and everyone is welcome. And we all have more in common than that which divides us.
The Equality Act 2010
Since 2010 equality has been enshrined in British law. How fantastic that most of our children have never lived in country without an Equality Act!
The Act identifies characteristics protected by law. It is unlawful to discriminate against someone because of the following:
- religion or belief
- gender or sex: pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation, gender reassignment
No Outsiders alongside many other picture books in school promote kindness and equality through knowledge and understanding of diversity are available in our No Outsiders Library the entrance hall. Parents, grandparents and any interested people are welcome to drop in for a read. Using picture books we explore themes of diversity and equality in a child-friendly, age-appropriate way.
The Northwich Education Partnership has funded one copy of each of the No Outsiders books and training for teachers. Contrary to misinformation in the media there is no element of sex education in any of the books.
Children arrive in school from a wide range of starting points, each with their individual strengths and challenges. To treat then with equality, to be useful and kind, we seek to treat each child according to his or her need.
Some pupils need praise and affirmation for very small things, for others to thrive it is important we expect more from them than what they can do easily. What is important, is that praise and affirmation are for the 'over and above' effort children put in: to their learning, their personal and social development and of course, to their learning.
We represent the diversity of families in our school community, in modern Britain and the wider world. This is achieved through our culture, assemblies and special celebrations. Books in the library, lessons in class and literature shared represent our human diversity promoting the knowledge and understanding from which kindness and respect follows.
Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
Mrs Emma Wood is the school's ELSA and supports children with emotional and/or behavioural difficulties where these exceed the responsibility or expertise of a class teacher. Capacity in school is not infinite and we will prioritise her support on children whose needs are adversely impacting on learning and achievement. Parents wishing to discuss support for their child should speak to the headteacher or deputy headteacher / SENCo if their request is linked to a child's special educational needs or disability.