Equality & Diversity Charter

30th June 2017
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This afternoon, children from Y5 joined groups from our Family of Schools at Otley Courthouse at our Equality and Diversity Celebration event. Groups from Ashfield Primary School, All Saints CE Primary School, Bramhope Primary School, Pool-in-Wharfedale CE Primary School, Prince Henry's Grammar School, St Joseph's RC Primary School, The Whartons Primary School and Westgate all gave presentations on different issues of equality and diversity, including: gender stereotyping; access to education; sexual orientation; age discrimination; refugees and asylum seekers; ethnicity and cultural heritage; and disability, particularly autism
Aston, Carys, Hollie, Jack W, Jude, Liam, Lucy, Robin and Tyler presented their work from our recent 'Anyone Can!' day about gender stereotypes, which they told everyone were 'Rubbish!'
We were also joined by honoured guests, including our MP, Alex Sobel, Otley town mayor Nigel Francis, and representatives of Leeds City Council, including from Leeds Development Education Centre.
After the children's contributions, all the head teachers signed the Equality and Diversity charter, to signify our collective commitment to the following points:
  • We will ensure that everyone in our school community is treated with respect as an individual.
  • We will challenge stereotypes, prejudices and behaviours which divide our society.
  • We will teach our pupils to celebrate differences, champion equality and stand up to injustice.
  • We will encourage everyone in our schools to play an active part in our local community, and to create a society where everyone is equally important.
  • We will promote good relationships between different groups of people, including those from different faiths and ethnic groups.
  • We will broaden our pupil's cultural horizons and ensure that the rich diversity of our world is valued and celebrated.
  • We will help our young people to develop the values they need to become responsible global citizens who help to make the world a fairer place.