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Diversity and Identity
Middlestown Primary Academy is committed to promoting inclusivity and cultivating an appreciation for the diverse world around us. Our tailored curriculum aims to nurture individual identity and self-confidence. We are steadfast in our efforts to champion equality in every aspect of our educational journey, drawing from historical lessons that highlight instances where this was not always the norm in our society, all in the spirit of fostering tolerance.
All learners here at Middlestown Primary Academy are of equal value. We hold every learner, as well as their parents and caregivers, in equal regard:
- Regardless of their physical abilities.
- Irrespective of their ethnicity, cultural background, national origin, or status.
- Whatever their gender or gender identity.
- Regardless of their religious beliefs or lack thereof, and their faith background.
- Regardless of their sexual orientation.
Who is involved?
Each and every one of us! Recognising that building a truly inclusive curriculum and nurturing well-rounded pupils requires the collective efforts of our entire community. Middlestown Primary Academy is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has a role in shaping how diversity is interwoven into our teaching. We’re actively engaged in various ways to amplify the voices of all our shareholders:
Heading our Representation and Diversity initiative is Mrs Sholi, our EYFS Lead and Assistant Headteacher. She oversees our commitment to integrating the representation of our community and wider society throughout our curriculum. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions on how we can further enhance our offerings, please feel free to reach out to her and share your ideas.
Our Staff: We are proud to say we have a staff truly committed to being inclusive and allowing our children the opportunity to experience learning that is representative of the world we live in. Staff at Middlestown Primary Academy have training around equality, equity, diversity, unconscious bias and how we can make our children’s learning experiences inclusive and age appropriate.
Our Parents and Children: We share out curriculum overviews with parents every half term. Parents are welcome to comment on our representation of diversity and all ideas/viewpoints are welcome and will be considered. All of our children from EYFS through to Year 6 experience our diverse curriculum and can give their views via pupil voice. Our Art and History Leaders and Eco-Warriors and Digital Leaders are undergoing training sessions on how promote respect in our school, including encouraging positive talk about themselves and others. They understand how diversity is woven into our curriculum and the importance of this.
Diverse Reading Spine
In addition to our comprehensive whole school reading spine, the English and Curriculum Lead have joined forces to craft what we proudly call our ‘Diverse Reading Spine.’ This guarantees the seamless integration of diverse texts into our curriculum, starting from the early years in EYFS and extending all the way up to the conclusion of Key Stage Two.
Some of these texts will serve as primary materials for English teaching, actively fostering a deeper engagement with reading, writing, and dramatic activities. Meanwhile, other carefully selected books will be shared as the class reading book for children to listen and explore the themes with their class teachers.
Promoting the Nine Protected Characteristics
The Equality Act became law in 2010. It covers everyone in Britain and protects people from discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
The Equality Act protects people against discrimination because of the protected characteristics that we all have.
Under the Equality Act, there are nine protected characteristics:
- Gender reassignment
- Race – including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
- Religion or belief
- Marriage or civil partnership
- Sexual orientation
- Pregnancy and maternity
No form of discrimination is tolerated at Middlestown Primary Academy. We do not explicitly teach about all the protected characteristics in every year group. The curriculum is planned and delivered so that our pupils develop age appropriate knowledge and understanding during their time at Middlestown Primary Academy.
The protected characteristics are weaved through our PSHE curriculum and the day to day routines of life at Middlestown Primary Academy and also link to our learning/experiences with regard to British Values.
Learn more, here.