Develop our children's understanding and appreciation of diversity, celebrating commonalities and promoting respect for people's different characteristics
At Drayton Park we are blessed with an incredibly diverse population of children, families and staff. Our aim is to be truely inclusive as an organisation. We want to equip our children to overcome the barriers that prejudice may present them with as they grow. We want our children to make the world a better, fairer place for all, when they are the adults.
A key aim in our curriculum is to teach children to live well in society. As part of this, we actively teach a subject we call 'cultural competence'. It is about learning to live positively in our diverse world. It is about deepening our knowledge and understanding of others and developing an increasing ability to empathise with those who are different from us; to recognise our common humanity. It is about celebrating diversity for the ways in which it enriches our lives.
We think about equalities across our organisation and are working with wider partners to improve our understanding and practice. This year for example:
- All staff will undertake unconscious bias training with the London Borough of Islington.
- We are working with the Futurezone on a piece of work called the Conolly Project, through which we will review our curriculum and ensure it is fully representative of everyone in our community.
- We have introduced a series of inclusive texts into our writing programme, to ensure our curriculum is fully representative.