Copleston High School's motto reflects the inclusive school ethos- 'Achieving Success Together'.
- Try to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect.
- Make sure our school is a safe, secure and stimulating place for everyone.
- Recognise that people have different needs and we understand that treating people equally does not always involve treating them all exactly the same.
- Recognise that for some students, extra support is needed to help them to achieve and be successful.
- Aim to make sure that no one experiences harassment, less favourable treatment or discrimination because of their age, any disability they may have, their ethnicity, colour or national origin, their gender, their gender identity or reassignment, being pregnant or recently had a baby, their religion or beliefs, their sexual identity and orientation.
As a school we have a huge responsibility to ensure that children of all backgrounds and races recognise the existence of intolerance. The curriculum we deliver and class discussions we have carefully attempt to do this at an age appropriate level. We are constantly evolving our curriculum as we better understand how to celebrate diversity. We aim to educate children so that they are able to make the small adjustments to their own actions which will erode, and ultimately remove, both negative thoughts and actions against others. We do not tolerate any form of negative behaviour towards others. We see that as a school we have a duty to lead on matters such as intolerance and we should not sit quietly.
The Student Council will, throughout 2020-21, begin an explicit focus on Equality, Inclusivity and Diversity and will aim to research and present to all students across the school, updated information to help educate students on their perceptions. The PSE curriculum will also be further developed to explore issues of equality and discrimination in more depth. We will also be examining what we teach in the classroom to adapt and reflect on how we deliver information about inclusivity.
We also have a Recommended Reading list:
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Girl, Woman Other - Bernadine Evaristo
The Colour Purple - Alice Walker (please note delicate topic matter . 17+ only)
Queenie - Candice Carty-Williams (please note graphic descriptions 17+ only)
The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
Lies We Tell Ourselves - Robin Talley
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
On physical disability, mental health and SEND issues:
Break the Mould: How to Take Your Place in the World - SHORTLISTED FOR THE AN POST IRISH BOOK AWARDS by Sinead Burke
A Curse So Dark and Lonely - The Cursebreaker Series by Brigid Kemmerer
The Asperger Teen's Toolkit by Frances Musgrave
Funny, You Don't Look Autistic: A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum by Micheal McCreary
Dyslexia: A Teenager's Guide by Sylvia Moody
The Opposite of Falling Apart by Micah Good
on sexuality and identity:
The Shell House by Linda Newberry
Inheritance by Balli Kaur Jaswal
Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman
Out by Joanna Kenrick
If you wish to choose more books then please see Diverse Voices reading suggestions