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Copleston High School

Copleston High School's motto reflects the inclusive school ethos- 'Achieving Success Together'. 

We therefore: 

  1. Try to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect. 
  2. Make sure our school is a safe, secure and stimulating place for everyone.
  3.  Recognise that people have different needs and we understand that treating people equally does not always involve treating them all exactly the same. 
  4. Recognise that for some students, extra support is needed to help them to achieve and be successful. 
  5. 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

On race:

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 disabilitymental 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

Visit: 

Website offering effective 'Ally' advice

 

 

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Coming out to Family and Friends                                                                       https://www.kooth.com/members.html/magazine/articles/f028c977-426b-592c-8edd-643bb85833fe

Coming out: Answers to some of the questions you may be asked                https://www.kooth.com/members.html/magazine/articles/f4fb5a6f-ffd5-544e-90c7-63eafcc4e556

Asexuality: When sex isn't for you                                                                        https://www.kooth.com/members.html/magazine/articles/00808595-f6d8-514b-8bd9-fcb1cf6e2241

Being Gay and Muslim                                                                                             https://www.kooth.com/members.html/magazine/articles/0f789485-47f5-5689-b719-4abc69201968

History's Phenomenal Figures of LGBTQ+ (Part One)                                         https://www.kooth.com/members.html/magazine/articles/27dbb932-2074-48fc-aa62-e537ff3e4682

History's Phenomenal Figures of LGBTQ+ (Part Two)                                         https://www.kooth.com/members.html/magazine/articles/d0c38881-8886-4a71-bafa-67bff2a278bf

History's Phenomenal LGBTQ+ Figures (Part Three)                                           https://www.kooth.com/members.html/magazine/articles/162c5c60-2394-46a6-abe1-78b322da20e0

History's Phenomenal LGBTQ+ Figures (Part Four)                                             https://www.kooth.com/members.html/magazine/articles/34655aa4-e747-4a27-9e72-c06ddedb58ed

How to be a Straight Ally?           Kooth article      14+                                         https://www.kooth.com/members.html/magazine/articles/89db6307-6434-4c84-8b4c-3ec993fc2722

Gender Dysphoria and You                                                                https://www.kooth.com/members.html/magazine/articles/ea698d26-b7a2-46dc-96f2-2fbf0286198d

Gender terms                                                                                     https://www.kooth.com/members.html/magazine/articles/7face3ff-6dec-59d0-b64d-ab6170c1c6ab

Coming Out Tips                                                                                https://www.kooth.com/members.html/magazine/articles/1a7b144a-c724-5da0-a641-b0c0d1159455

Coming out to family and friends                                                       https://www.kooth.com/members.html/magazine/articles/f028c977-426b-592c-8edd-643bb85833fe

Coming out: Answers to questions you may be askedKooth article                https://www.kooth.com/members.html/magazine/articles/f4fb5a6f-ffd5-544e-90c7-63eafcc4e556

Asexuality: When Sex Isn't For You Kooth article                                            https://www.kooth.com/members.html/magazine/articles/00808595-f6d8-514b-8bd9-fcb1cf6e2241

Accepting Your Sexuality Can Be Difficult Kooth article                                  https://www.kooth.com/members.html/magazine/articles/62aa4d05-41e8-5781-b0ca-15c3a8adce07

Imaan - Support for LGBT Muslim PeopleKooth article                                  https://www.kooth.com/members.html/magazine/articles/90fa7006-9180-5411-9d20-277e3e0b5a68

Ever had a same sex crush Kooth article                                                        https://www.kooth.com/members.html/magazine/articles/35103f28-d058-598f-aae9-be254fa1bef5