International Diversity Day - 21st May
The Importance of Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion in Schools
In the UK today, almost 34% of pupils in primary schools are from black and ethinic minority backgrounds and there are 1,257 schools for children with special educational needs. In September the curriculum will also change to represent more LGBT+ issues as part of the relationships and sex education update. This shows the importance and growing statutory need to celebrate diversity in schools and society generally.
While the 2010 Equalities Act aims to provide schools with all the necessary tools to show a commitment to “valuing diversity, tackling discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relationships between people,” diversity shouldn’t be seen as a requirement or a box-ticking exercise. It is a natural progression of a society seeking to be more diverse in its representations of people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. And that should be something to be celebrated.
How we will mark this day
The Gowanbank Parent Council will work with Senior leadership team with the Gowanbank Primary School and LCR on how to further celebrate diversity across the school campus.