Bournes Green Junior School is committed to the creation of a fair and just school community that promotes social inclusion, community cohesion and equality. We respect diversity and challenge and act upon discrimination and inequality. We strive to ensure that the culture and ethos of the school reflects the diversity of all members of the school community, but also looks beyond the immediate context of our school community to all include communities within this country and beyond. We welcome our duties as a school under the Equality Act 2010 as both a provider of education and as an employer. We recognise that we have a duty under the Education & Inspections Act 2006 to promote community cohesion.
Who are we?
EWG stands for the Equalities Working Group. The BGJS EWG is a team of stakeholders including parents, governors, staff and sometimes pupils who are committed to progressing and monitoring equality and diversity related issues and promoting best practice. As part of our continual reflective practice as a school, the EWG takes practical steps to improve equality of opportunity in all areas. We welcome views of all parents and members of our community in order to work together to achieve our objectives.
What do we do?
- The EWG has meetings every half term and is made up of governors, parents, staff and sometimes pupils. We meet to exchange ideas about how to make the school accessible and fair for everyone
Here are some of the things that we have achieved already:
- We have a yearly plan of assemblies, celebrating festivals from the world’s major religions. The assemblies are sometimes led by children
- We have looked at books in the library to check that all groups are represented in content and pictures and identified some gaps
- We have had Friendship Weeks, including the theme of ‘School of Respect’ and each year group focussed on a different aspect of Respect (respect for ethnic groups, genders, disabilities and types of family). The EWG made every child in the school a bookmark to remember this special week
- Assemblies and the curriculum as whole reflect and represent a diverse range of cultures and experiences
- Empathy & Diversity modules built in for all year groups in PSHE
- Charity Crew set up and led by Miss Giles – promoting and leading various events for both the school community and other communities in need
- We hold a theme week for Black History Month; celebrating and honouring historic leaders of the black community
- We celebrate and fundraise as part of Action Aid’s ‘Big Me Day’ – promoting equality of opportunity and raising aspirations for all
- We explore Autism for Autism Awareness Week including educating children about Autism
- We host Red Nose Day celebrations including hosting a whole school ‘Danceathon’ to raise money for Comic Relief
- We hold a theme week called Unique Week – including visitors from The Lancaster School with a range of disabilities and learning difficulties to visit the school for an assembly
- Whole school assembly from - RNLI - Water and Beach Safety
- Community Cohesion – though links with local businesses including Thorpe Bay Yacht Club
How can I get involved?
We always welcome new recruits to the team. Please speak to Miss Giles if you would be interested in joining our team or if you have any links to local businesses/community projects that the school could get involved with. If you could complete the following School Equality Duty questionnaire and return to Miss Giles this would be really helpful in contributing to our target setting and action planning as a group.