An essential part of our school that is always happening behind the scenes is our work to help our students and community understand the importance of tolerance and inclusion in a diverse world. This year, I started a Diversity Forum made up of parent volunteers and staff to discuss tangible actions we can take that will have an impact on our community. Our first meeting was in November and was very productive, with discussions centred around various ideas for our school. Our forum is focusing on what is known as the ‘protected characteristics’ as defined by the Equality Act 2010.
We have created several action points that we feel will have a measurable impact on our students.
- Make diversity more visible around Falcons. In the new year, we will be launching our ‘Motivation Tree’ where we will be highlighting a role model every two weeks to the students that represents one of the protected characteristics
- We are reviewing our curriculum calendar to ensure that we are recognising essential events throughout the year that support a diverse school
- We are looking at staff training and how to support staff with knowing how to teach about diversity as well as how to support diversity within the workplace
- We will continue to review our classroom resources such as books to make sure they represent diverse characters, authors and illustrators
- We are looking at how to support parent understanding about how to talk to their children about the protected characteristics
We had many more ideas that we will continue to discuss at our next meeting in the Spring Term.