Diversity, Equality & Inclusion
At St Ebbe’s, our vision statement details our aim is to nurture wise compassionate citizens with the power to make a difference. This policy is based on the fundamental belief that these citizens can only develop from an environment where inclusion and diversity are nurtured and promoted and a place where every child has the right to feel they belong.
Our school community is extremely diverse with children from a range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. With 35 different languages and 7 different faith or no faith groups represented, children really do get to grow up in the most diverse community possible. Through careful choices of books and the study of diverse, transformative individuals who have changed the world, children at St. Ebbe’s are secure in the knowledge that we can all make a difference to the world regardless of our unique characteristics. Through discussion and debate, children learn that other people may have different beliefs and views to their own, and to accept that they can exist in harmony whilst respecting each other’s differences.
We will do all we can to remove systemic barriers to success for the children at St. Ebbe’s.
International Evening is held on an annual basis at SOAP (South Oxfordshire Adventure Playground).
This year’s event is on 15th June. Photos to follow.
Children’s Rights are embedded into our curriculum projects and taught at every opportunity.
St. Ebbe’s aims to become a Rights Respecting School.UNCRC-Symbols-Poster
All Of Us Fortnight
We begin each academic year by celebrating the amazing diversity of our school. Children are asked to consider their beliefs, relationships, ethnicity, culture, passions, who they are as a learner over the summer break. We then explore these themes, linking into RSHE objectives, over the first two weeks of term to enable children to build deeper, more productive relationships with each other and with our staff.
Theses for consideration could include:
- My body is mine, your body is yours. Self-respect and self happiness. How we can respect each others personal space, thinking about how we like to be spoken to and how we ask to share.
- I have a unique brain, we share ideas, we have differences. An opportunity to debate and problem solve. It’s okay to disagree with someone, how do we share disagreements and compromise?
- What do I want in a friend? Thinking about ideal qualities in friendships and how we can be better friends (Link to defenders). Conventions of courtesy and manners. Be kind, be safe, be responsible.
- Who am I? What do I believe? What do we both believe? Fundamental values: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, and for those without faith.
- What kind of classroom do we want? How can we make our classroom a safe space for everyone here? Which boundaries are important to us?
- When someone meets me, I want them to think… Thinking about perceptions of self and others, addressing stereotypes and how they can be unfair, harmful and destructive.
- The nouns I love. Thinking about the people, places and things that make me feel safe and happy.