Equality and Diversity
At Oasis Academy Shirley Park Primary, we adhere to the Equality Act 2010 by not discriminating against learners, staff, volunteers or anyone involved with the school from external agencies. We all understand that we may be working with people that identify as a group which are part of the following protected characteristics:
- Gender reassignment
- marriage and civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
Break the Cycle
A few years ago, our founder Steve introduced us to ‘Break the Cycle.' a national grassroots movement committed to promoting Black, Asian and minority ethnic leadership across education and youth work in the UK.
Underpinning Break the cycle is the notion that education systems should dismantle, rather than reinforce racism. The Break the Cycle Manifesto is an action plan for all schools, primary and secondary, as we work to challenge and change the cultures that hold back BAME young people and the next generation of BAME leaders in schools and wider society.
More recently Steve Chalke has publicly condemned the unlawful murder of an innocent black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis. In response, he produced a short video for staff and children within Oasis to watch.
Inclusion sits at the very heart of OASP. We recognise that racial inequality is an important issue for us to engage in. At OASP Primary we have an Equality and Diversity team that understands the need for an anti-racist approach. They are promoting this notion to all staff at OASP through modelling and training. The team stands united in it’s commitment to tackle and challenge racism, address inequality and call out discrimination. As educators of a school population which is 74% black and ethnic minority, we cannot remain silent.