As a school we welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010
The general duties are to:
- eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- advance equality of opportunity
- foster good relations
We understand the principle of the Act and the work needed to ensure that those with protected characteristics are not discriminated against and are given equality of opportunity.
Lancashire Equality Mark
As part of our commitment we are working towards achieving the Lancashire Equality Mark,
The Lancashire Equality Mark is awarded to schools who have taken measures to embed Equality throughout their practice with the goal of enabling all pupils to thrive in a supportive learning community. It has been developed by a working group in Lancashire and provides a clear framework to guide schools through the process of auditing, developing and consolidating good practice in different areas of Equality. It builds on and extends the good practice of the Lancashire Race Equality Mark
The Equality Mark comprises now comprises of six individual Equality Badges:
We have achieved our first two badges!
Following a visit from a Lancashire assessor we are pleased to announce that the school has achieved the Race Equality and Religion and Belief Equality badges.
As you can see from the letter below the school was commended on our work and we look forward to continuing this.
School Linking Programme
This year we are excited to be joining the linking network which will help our school to develop our equality work.
The aims of the project are;
to support pupils to explore identity, be comfortable with difference, promote equality and community
to develop empathy, critical thinking, trust, self esteem and enjoyment for all
to build confidence to help pupils to build a kinder and more connected community
to support curriculum achievement
Our Year 5 and 6 children will be joining with those from Balshaw Lane and St Josephs, Preston in this year long project and we look forward to sharing our work.
As part of our work towards the Disability Badge we welcomed Dr Ayaz Bhuta into school.
Ayaz was part of the history breaking wheelchair rugby team who won gold at Tokyo 2020 and he inspired our children with his messages about resilience, determination, team work and achieving our dreams.
A fantastic experience for our Class 4 children meeting Chris Lubbe. He spoke of his inspirational life, sharing so many key messages.
Chris Lubbe was one of Nelson Mandela's bodyguards and spoke to us about his experiences of Apartheid and the way that he responded to this. He taught us about racism, resilience, courage, determination, courageous advocacy, forgiveness and reconciliation. Our children left truly inspired.
Thank you to New Longton All Saints and our governors for joining us
Blackburn Rovers Ladies
As part of their work on respect, our Chair of Governors, Emma Roberts arranged for some players from Blackburn Rovers Ladies to visit Class 4.
This was a inspirational visit with lots of keys messages about the power of words, resilience, pushing ourselves to follow our dreams and the positive and negatives of social media. Well done to Class 4 for asking some excellent questions.
Black History Month 2022
Thank you to Mrs Greaves for leading our Collective Worship which started our Black History Month, This year we are focusing on courageous advocates.
Class 1 - Rosa Parks
Well done to Class 1 who have learnt about Rosa Parks.
Class 2 - Martin Luther King
Class 2 have looked at the life of Martin Luther King. They discussed how people with different skin colours had to go to different schools and were not allowed on buses etc together. They then made these equality cards with a partner. The children had to use a different colours of paint to their partner to make two hand prints on their cards, so show that we are all different but that we love and respect each other.
Class 2- Marcus Rashford
Linked to our work on Courageous Advocacy, Class 2 have learnt about the courage show by Marcus Rashford.
Class 3 Black History Month
The children have looked at Ruby Bridges, linking this into looking at schooling as part of their current history topic. They talked about her story, it’s significance, how she would have felt and her legacy. The children linked this to our school values.
Class 4 - Harriet Tubman
The children have found out about Harriet Tubman and the underground railroad. They then made patches to make a class freedom quilt.
Class 4 - Courageous Advocates
Class 4 have been looking at the courage shown by Marcus Rashford, Princess Tsehai and Dr John Alcindor.
They have created their own pictures of these inspirational people.
Kreative Productions - Breaking Down Barriers Workshops
An amazing day for all our children taking part in workshops designed to break down cultural barriers and build bridges.
Once again at Howick we have had a Diwali week, learning about the festival. We started our work with a focused whole school collective worship and then completed lots of different activities in school. Our whole school working wall in the hall is being used to document our learning.
Class 1 enjoyed learning all about Holi and experienced their very own Festival of Colours!
Class 4 Heartstone Odyssey Book Festival
The children in Class 4 have all taken part in the project this year. Centred on Heartstone's fictional story, The Heartstone Odyssey, the project has:
- promoted understanding of different nationalities, cultures & backgrounds
- challenged prejudice, intolerance and explored hate crimes
- developed literacy, communication and critical thinking skills
The whole school have visited the Hindu temple in Preston. All the children enjoyed looking round and learning more about Hinduism.