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Anti-Racism at Earlham

The Curriculum

At Earlham we believe in having a truly inclusive curriculum, where pupils can learn about Black British and Asian British history, thus equipping them with a powerful sense of identity. Although we do teach discrete ‘Black History Month’ lessons, a key theme in our whole History curriculum and teaching is how the UK has developed and that it has long been a place of immigration, invasion and settlement, challenging any fixed concepts of what British is and who is British. Examples of units of learning in our History Curriculum are ‘The British Empire’ and ‘The Windrush’ in year 5. We encourage our pupils to use history to critically examine social issues today and foster a greater sense of belonging.

As important as having fact based historical  knowledge about how the UK came to be the diverse place it is today, we believe it is equally important to be mindful in our choices of literature and content across the curriculum. In our English Curriculum we use a range of authors and poets from different cultures and countries; our pupils can recognise themselves, their families and experiences in picture books and class serial reads. We explore and celebrate Black and Asian women and men of historical, scientific, political and sporting significance in our non fiction texts and in our Reciprocal Reading sessions. Our Art and Music Curriculums explore the works of artists and musicians from a range of countries and cultures.

We also use a range of carefully chosen anti racism texts to support both our PSHE Curriculum teaching ‘Celebrating Difference’ and as well as for a series of assemblies across the year. Reciprocal Reading and Oracy are two great opportunities for challenging racism through supported discussions, using some of these texts as a springboard for conversation and debate. Our year 6 pupils attend the Racial Justice Youth Summit annually.

 

Environment

Just as it is important for our pupils to feel a sense of belonging and identify through their curriculum learning, their physical environment must also foster this. Walk around Earlham and you will see images that reflect the diverse ethnic makeup of our school. Black and Asian women and men of significance are displayed in our corridors and shared spaces and there is a joyful set of photographs of Earlham pupils from all different ethnic backgrounds in pride of place on our school walls.

Staff Learning

In order to do all the above sensitively and successfully, especially anti racism teaching, staff need to be highly trained. We are an ‘Education For Change’ school so we receive excellent leadership and training in this area. Ms Omar is our E4C Ambassador, and along with Headteacher Ms Robinson, has received extensive professional development from E4C on becoming an anti racist school. This knowledge is then shared, explored and developed with the whole staff team through a series of Directed Learning sessions. We continually review our provision and practise.

Policy

 

We have a comprehensive ‘Equality and Diversity’ policy and Anti racism is weaved through many of our other policies. For example, in the ‘Behaviour and Relationships’ draft policy racial trauma is given consideration as part of our Trauma Informed School Approach. 

 

It is of utmost importance to the Headteacher that Earlham’s staff reflect the cultural diversity of the children at all levels, including Senior Leadership and Governors. Our pupils must be able to see role models who look like them in positions of authority and influence. 

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