EqualitY & INCLUSION
Equality is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.
To each according to their need
Children arrive in school from a wide range of starting points, bringing and sharing different 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 'over and above' what comes readily to a child. Over and above can be a child's personal or social development and of course, effort in learning and achievement. By praising the effort over the product, each and every child can enjoy and achieve in school.
We welcome and represent the diversity of families in our school community, in modern Britain and the wider world. We do this through our ethos and culture, assemblies and special celebrations. Books in the library and in class, lessons and literature in class represent human diversity, promoting the knowledge and understanding from which kindness, empathy and respect follow.
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.
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 their:
- religion or belief
- gender or sex: pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation, gender reassignment
"We have more in common than that which divides us." Jo Cox MP
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.