Our school's motto is "Achieving Success Together". We therefore:
- 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.
We welcome our general duty under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to foster good relations. We are an inclusive school that pays due regard to the differences between our students- we have and are continuing to develop a curriculum that supports all students to understand, respect and value difference and diversity.
How Copleston Supports Equality Issues
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.
Recently all Copleston and CGET staff attended a webinar led by Professor of Education, Professor Gill Crozier, from the University of Roehampton entitled ‘An Introduction to Institutional Racism in Education’. Please click this link into your web browser if you wish to watch this insightful presentation: An Introduction to Racism
However, we cannot do this alone. All teachers know that before you can support a child to understand something you have to understand it yourself. We need parents and carers to talk about diversity with their children. Below are a series of links and suggested reading that can be used to prompt these discussions at home. They are an excellent starting point to recognise the unidentified and unconscious biases many may have. During this unusual time the majority of you may have more opportunity than ever to talk to your children. Recent events in the news can be turned into a positive if it becomes the catalyst for an honest and open conversation with your children. It may be uncomfortable and they will have questions. You don’t need to have all the answers, but opening the dialogue is something we can all do.
As a parent this British Red Cross guide may be helpful to help with conversations at home Taking to Young People About Racism
Copleston's Equality Objectives:
1. To narrow the attainment gap and improve outcomes for all students regardless of special educational need, disability, race, ethnicity, socio economic group, sexual orientation, religion, health or gender reassignment.
2. Raise the attainment, achievement and narrow the gap between all groups of students so that they exceed the national standards.
3. To develop our Student Voice in conjunction with the Student Council and incorporate a diversity agenda where issues are explored and where possible acted upon.
4. To develop our Home Learning platform, including building a Home Learning club to offer to all students a safe and secure place to develop their knowledge, understanding and continue their studies in the school environment.
5. To develop our cultural capital knowledge through Home Learning and Supercurriculum documents (on Satchel). This will also involve developing diversity awareness further through our PSE programme. In addition to this, to create an ‘Equilibrium’ group for staff where balance and equality will be discovered through a variety of activities.
We have also put together some suggested reading and viewing that may inspire you further:
Michelle Obama ‘Becoming’. A longer read and a fantastic and inspiring autobiography showing how a young girl moved beyond expectations.
Harper Lee ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. A fictional novel about events in a small American town with built in racism which still has relevance today.
A short article with film clips that celebrates influential black figures. https://artsandculture.google.com/story/5-forgotten-black-and-asian-figures-who-made-british-history/wAICKqOAzVvtJw
An article on the impact of the Black Lives Matter campaign seen in the return to premier league football. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/53085409
Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Renni Eddo Lodge
Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World by Layla Saad
Racism: A Very Short Introduction - Very Short Introductions by Ali Rattansi
Anything by Maya Angelou who herself once said "If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be".
John Barnes, former England footballer, speaking on ITV’s ‘Peston’ about how society needs to move forwards with race awareness and actions ITV.mp4
David Olusoga’s 4 part documentary series ‘Black and British.’ https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b082x0h6/black-and-british-a-forgotten-history
Marcus Rashford, Manchester United and England footballer, in a short interview about his inspirational and successful campaign to get the government’s free school meals vouchers scheme extended over the summer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r-IxIrTbWU
An article celebrating black women you should know about: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/41433196
And finally, a powerful message from the influential brand, Nike. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drcO2V2m7lw
In School Experiences
We also celebrate diversity through a series of assemblies and form time activities that share knowledge and appreciation of all differences. We aim to make sure that no one experiences harassment, less favourable treatment or discrimination because of any disability they may have; their ethnicity, colour or national origin; their gender; their gender identity or reassignment; their religion or beliefs; their sexual identity and orientation.
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 education students on their perceptions. The PSE curriculum will also be further developed to explore issues of equality and discrimination in more depth. The school's curriculum will also be reviewed and an open dialogue will take place with curriculum leaders to ensure that their subjects are providing wide reaching information that is truly inclusive.
In addition to this, we have adapted the images below to result in a series of images that can be seen around the school's buildings. These can be found in the 'Parent Update' document below.
Please see below for further information.