Equality & Diversity Working Group
As a school, we are committed to being actively anti-racist. Our community is diverse in many ways, and this diversity brings strength and opportunity. The notion that children or members of our community would be judged on anything, but their hard work, achievement and character is abhorrent to us at OASP. Racism is something that we must all strive to defeat, and recent events across the world should serve as a reminder of the urgency of this mission.
As teachers and school staff, we all want the very best for our children. We recognise that education is the most important tool in overcoming discrimination - fear and ignorance fuel racism, and we must work hard to ensure our children have the knowledge and skill to question racist views wherever they may encounter them. It is by helping children to understand the world that we will enable them to be the critical and creative thinkers that we so want them to become.
We are absolutely committed to doing all we can to stamp out racism. But we know that we do not have all the answers. We recognise that we need to actively listen to our community about how to eradicate racism.
In September, we will be establishing a “working group” of staff and parents which will be tasked with ensuring we understand the views of our community. This group will look at our curriculum, our response to racist incidents in school, and our messaging to our community, amongst other things.
We want to know how to get anti-racist education right, and want to make changes urgently to ensure that we are addressing racism head-on and with all the resources and ideas available. Please get in touch with us directly via email: firstname.lastname@example.org with 'E & D working group' as the subject if you would like to contribute to this working group or would like more information. We are a strong community – this recent period of closure has shown us that - and we must work together to tackle this issue.
The Equality and Diversity Team