It seems that in the world today there is still too much inequality and prejudice. While we are lucky to live in a country where the law should protect people from discrimination, in reality the prejudices are often just below the surface, and some people are given a tougher time than they should. Too often we hear of the sexism of unequal pay, racism, stereotypical views in tabloid papers, and a government which seems to be targeting the disabled, the young and the poor.
Whatever their race, gender, disability, belief, sexual orientation, age or background, everyone is unique, and should have an equal chance. That doesn’t mean treating everyone exactly the same – we are not turning out tins of beans! – and often school needs to provide extra help to even things up for the disadvantaged.
As a teacher, I hate all bullying and all stereotypes and I want to work in an environment where everyone is respected and given what they need to succeed, to be healthy, happy and fulfilled. What I love about Solway is that all those who learn here and work here are encouraged to tolerate and respect each other, whatever their differences. School should be a model of how an equal society works.
So how do we try to make sure our teaching and learning provides equality?
Solway provides all our students with the opportunity to succeed and to reach the highest level of personal achievement. We do this by:
- Ensuring equality of access for all students and preparing them for life in a diverse society
- Using materials that reflect the diversity of the school, local community and the world as a whole, without stereotyping
- Promoting attitudes and values that challenge any discrimination or prejudice
- Providing opportunities for students to appreciate their own culture and celebrate the diversity of other cultures
- Seeking to involve all parents in supporting their child’s education
- Using teaching approaches which are inclusive and suitable for our students.
– Mr Green