Diversity and Inclusion at Downsview
(adhering to government and school policies including The Equality Act 2010, Inclusion, Anti-bullying, Equal Opportunities and Healthy Relationship Education)
In the Spring term our value is Diversity & Inclusion; exploring that being different is the one thing we all have in common. We will be learning about some of the 9 protected characteristics from the Equalities Act 2010 with a focus on ‘Anti-bullying’ and being kind.
Whilst we expect longer and more detailed conversations about Diversity & Inclusion to happen at home; the classroom is a safe place to begin the conversation and to educate our children on people being different and showing respect to all, regardless of differences.
There are many benefits of teaching diversity at school – here are a few:
- Promotes children’s growth and reflection– when children learn about other groups’ struggles, perspectives, and experiences, they tend to reflect on, and respond to, that information effectively.
- It fosters a sense of empathy and awareness- by teaching our children about Diversity and Inclusion they can learn to understand various cultures, family units and social groups. Being aware of an issue does not always lead to empathy, often it needs to become real and relevant to the person for them to make connections and to truly foster empathy.
- It brings about open-mindedness and new perspectives.
- It supports acceptance.
- It allows children to feel unique, yet part of a group.
- It prepares our children to grow as a well-rounded, knowledgeable member of our diverse world.
- Diversity and Inclusion is an important element of any school across the world. Even more significant is teaching our children the importance of acknowledging and accepting these differences as they make each individual unique.
At Downsview, it is our ambition to develop the potential of all individuals to prepare them for their roles as adult members of society. To help support us, on our journey, please look through some of the resources that we will be using this half term and continue these discussions at home. Make sure you keep checking each week for updates and potential new discussions.