At West Kirby Primary School we aim to celebrate the diversity within our community and the wider world and develop confidence in individual identity through our well structured curriculum. We strive to promote equality in all that we do and we use examples of where this has not always been the case in our society in the past to support learning and promote tolerance.
Children need to learn about all aspects of diversity and feel empowered to discuss what makes all of us unique, valued and respected in terms of culture, race, ethnicity, gender, education, disability, identity, nationality, religion, sexuality, neurodiversity, social background, and beliefs.
All learners are of equal value
We see all learners and potential learners and their parents and carers as of equal value:
Whether or not they are disabled
Whatever their ethnicity, culture, national origin or national status
Whatever their gender or gender identity
Whatever their religious or non-religious affiliation or faith background
Whatever their sexual identity
When designing our curriculum we gave much consideration to promoting equality across all subject areas. Inspirational role models were chosen to represent the many communities across modern Britain and to challenge stereotypes. Many of our role models are significant individuals who have themselves fought for equality for example Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafazi, Emmeline Pankhurst and Nelson Mandela. Staff choose resources carefully so that they reflect the children in our school and communities across modern Britain.
Assemblies are carefully planned and delivered to raise our children’s awareness of equality, diversity, religious beliefs and celebrating being unique. Visitors are regularly invited in to enhance and develop children’s understanding of life in modern Britain.
We participate in equality raising awareness events such as Black History Month, Neuro Diversity Week and Refugee week but we firmly believe equality should be promoted all year round and this is reflected in our curriculum.
Over the past few years, we have invested a significant amount of funding in our school and class libraries. We know how important quality, inclusive and representative literature is in developing children’s understanding of the diverse world in which they live. Through stories young children can be exposed to challenging themes which will provoke thought, deliberation and empathy. Many of the books on The School Reading List can be found in our class and school libraries.