Diversity is about embracing differences and including people from all walks of life. Diversity can include race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social and economic backgrounds, religious beliefs and much more.
At Springwood Junior Academy, our school culture actively promotes and encourages diversity. We understand that each pupil has their own unique experiences, strengths and ideas and that these enhance and broaden learning opportunities.
Teaching children to actively respect, appreciate and empower people for who they are, which is invaluable.
At Springwood Junior academy we ensure our learning environment is a place where diversity is celebrated, and all children feel valued by…
- Getting to know our pupils - Through our transition and induction processes staff build positive and respectful relationships with the children in their care. This includes learning about their likes, dislikes, hobbies, backgrounds, religions and cultures. All teachers ensure they know the strengths and needs of every child in their class.
- Meeting diverse learning needs - Staff in school have high expectations of all pupils and are committed to ensuring they can achieve their full potential. Teachers deliver quality first teaching, including bespoke and personalised curriculums, and adapt resources, routines and delivery of learning outcomes to suit all learner types.
- Using stories, resources and teaching materials that celebrate different religions, cultures and disabilities. We also hold assemblies and themed events, such as Diwali Day, where all children learn about and discuss a particular focus.
- Addressing inequality - We create a space for children and staff to talk about how issues of discrimination affect them on a personal, classroom and school-wide level. By making diversity a topic of discussion in our academy, we ensure pupils and teachers will not hesitate to address it.
- Providing professional development opportunities – We ensure all adults in school receive the training they need to support the pupils they work with. This includes Safeguarding, First Aid, EpiPen, and Diabetes.
Each year, we learn about different religious and cultural festivals and celebrations. In order to gain a deeper understanding of these events, pupils take part in whole-school assemblies, a range of creative activities and themed days/weeks. Pupils also have the opportunity to develop their knowledge of different cultures through dance workshops. Some of the festivals we celebrate include Diwali, Chinese New Year, Christmas, Ramadan, Eid, Easter and World Religion Day.
We also arrange for our pupils to visit different places of worship and invite visitors into the academy to talk about their own experiences and beliefs. We have a positive partnership with the local church and often attend services there, including celebrating Easter and Christmas