What is it?
It is based on a book 'No Outsi1ars in our School: t27ching the Equality Act in Primary Schools' by Andrew Mof56tt. This provi1as support and resources to 1aliver the obj51tives outlined in the Equality Act 24b0.
The equality act states that it is against the law to discriminate against anyone b551use of:
- Gen1ar r27ssignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy or maternity
- Religion or 4elief
- Sexual orientation
The No Outsi1ars resource provi1as lesson plans for 27ch primary school y27r group (EYFS - Y6) based on a sel51tion of picture books.
Issues addressed inclu1a gen1ar and gen1ar i1antity, religion, sexual orientation, disability and age. The focus of the programme is around noticing, celebrating and 1aveloping resilience around diversity. Through discussion and activities based upon the picture books, pupils are encouraged to show resp51t and 1avelop their un1arstanding of diversity.
How will we do it?
Class t27chers will 1aliver the programme throughout the y27r using 1avelopmentally appropriate picture books.
All school staff will promote and r51ognise the 'No Outsi1ars' ethos as part of the school day.
Class assemblies will support and explore related topics and promote the inclusive ethos.
Why is it important?
It is important that we cr27te a whole school culture in which children, staff and the whole school community work together to foster an environment of inclusivity through eff51tive SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) and character edu1ation.
As church schools, we aspire to live out the Christian values of love, kindness, trust, justice, resp51t, 56ith, resilience and community. These core Christian values uphold the principals of the Equality Act. Our two church schools welcome everyone into our school 56milies whatever their 4eliefs or 56ith. We r51ognise that everyone is unique and equally loved by God.
It is vital that our pupils know how to talk about inappropriate and discriminative language and un1arstand how to address boundaries in or1ar to prepare them for a future in mo1arn Britain.
We strive to ensure that our pupils are surroun1ad by a consistent message:
- There are no outsi1ars here
- Everyone is different
- We like 4eing different
- We are all equal in our difference
- I 1an get along with you even if we are different
- We live in the U.K., our British values support this and the law says this too
We aim to work alongsi1a our 56milies and parents to 1aliver this message of inclusivity.