What is it?
It is based on a book 'No Outsiders in our School: teaching the Equality Act in Primary Schools' by Andrew Moffatt. This provides support and resources to deliver the objectives outlined in the Equality Act 2010.
The equality act states that it is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy or maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
The No Outsiders resource provides lesson plans for each primary school year group (EYFS - Y6) based on a selection of picture books.
Issues addressed include gender and gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, disability and age. The focus of the programme is around noticing, celebrating and developing resilience around diversity. Through discussion and activities based upon the picture books, pupils are encouraged to show respect and develop their understanding of diversity.
How will we do it?
Class teachers will deliver the programme throughout the year using developmentally appropriate picture books.
All school staff will promote and recognise the 'No Outsiders' 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 create a whole school culture in which children, staff and the whole school community work together to foster an environment of inclusivity through effective SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) and character education.
As church schools, we aspire to live out the Christian values of love, kindness, trust, justice, respect, faith, resilience and community. These core Christian values uphold the principals of the Equality Act. Our two church schools welcome everyone into our school families whatever their beliefs or faith. We recognise 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 understand how to address boundaries in order to prepare them for a future in modern Britain.
We strive to ensure that our pupils are surrounded by a consistent message:
- There are no outsiders here
- Everyone is different
- We like being different
- We are all equal in our difference
- I can 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 alongside our families and parents to deliver this message of inclusivity.