The No Outsiders curriculum teaches children to respect and accept difference and diversity using the Equality Act 2010 (British Law) as a solid foundation. It supports other work we do in school to prepare children for life in modern Britain and teaches the children Global Values. The principles of No Outsiders are integrated in our own school values. By embracing these, we intend for our school to be a safe place for all, where no child or member of our community will be treated as an outsider.
Why is this important?
It is important we create a school culture in which children, staff and the whole school community work together to foster an environment of inclusivity through effective spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) and character education. We want our children to champion inclusion, celebrate diversity, never feel that they are an outsider and welcome everyone they meet.
How will No Outsiders fit in to the school day?
The No Outsiders resource provides lesson plans for each primary school year group (EYFS - Y6) based on a selection of picture books building on from our Rainbow Flag Award. Class teachers will deliver lessons throughout the year using these developmentally appropriate texts. Areas of discussion include: gender and gender identity, religion, race, 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.
No Outsiders Assemblies will support and explore related topics and promote the inclusive ethos.
Impact of No Outsiders
Our children will become empowered by their own sense of identity and individuality. They will be able to listen to and understand the views and beliefs of others, building positive relationships with all despite their differences. As an inclusive school, our teachers are confident to tackle and explore difficult situations, using positive language to create a sense of belonging for all.
We will work alongside our families and parents to deliver this message of inclusion and diversity.
Rainbow Flag Award
As a school we have recently achieved the Rainbow Flag Award. We were accepted onto the programme after a highly competitive selection process based on the work that was already happening within our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural curriculum run by Miss Pickup. This award demonstrates that as a school we have a strong commitment to improve the lives of all the young people based around focused initiatives to ensure equality and support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) inclusion. The idea behind the award is to foster a positive whole school approach to educating about equality and LGBT inclusion.
Currently three teachers, Miss Pickup, Mr Perrin and Mrs Morrison have received initial training from the Proud Trust who run the award and then the rest of the staff have been trained within staff meetings. The aim of this is to help combat any homophobic, biphobic or transphobic (HBT) bullying that staff may come across in school and to help support any children who may need it.