EqualitY & INCLUSION
No outsiders in our school
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 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 our 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.