“We may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now.”
Martin Luther King
What is Equality and Diversity?
Equality and diversity, or multiculturalism, is the idea of promoting and accepting the differences between people. More specifically, equality is about ensuring individuals are treated fairly and equally, no matter their race, gender, age, disability, religion or sexual orientation. Diversity is about recognising and respecting these differences to create an all-inclusive atmosphere.
Promoting equality and diversity at Atwood is essential for both teachers and our children. Our aim is to create a learning environment where all children can thrive together and understand that individual characteristics make people unique and not ‘different’ in a negative way.
Atwood's Equalities Objectives
1. To improve the knowledge of staff and governors regarding Equality and Diversity
2. To tackle prejudice and promote mutual understanding through the curriculum and through our work on the Rights Respecting School’s ethos.
3. To accelerate the progress of the disadvantaged pupils in order to close the gap between them and non-disadvantaged pupils nationally. Large majority (65-79%) make progress in line with non-disadvantaged pupils.
4. To accelerate the progress of the SEND pupils in order to close the gap between them and non-SEND pupils nationally, ensuring the progress that Atwood SEND pupils make is at least in line with Croydon and national progress for SEND.
5. To improve writing outcomes for all children with a particular focus on boys and increasing the proportion of all pupils working at greater depth.
Examples of how equality and diversity is promoted at Atwood
- We set clear rules in regards to how people should be treated.
- We challenge any negative attitudes or opinions.
- We treating all staff and children fairly and equally.
- We create an all-inclusive culture for staff and children.
- We avoid stereotypes in examples and resources.
- We use resources with multicultural themes.
- We actively promote multiculturalism within our learning opportunities.
- We plan lessons that reflect the diversity of the classroom and of modern Britain.
- We ensure all children have equal access to opportunities and participation.
- We use a variety of teaching methods, making reasonable adjustments where appropriate.
- We use a variety of assessment methods, making reasonable adjustments where appropriate.
- We ensure policies and procedures don’t discriminate against anyone.