Pupils at Rudheath Primary Academy, Cheshire - one of the 15 schools within Focus Trust - have been celebrating the diversity that makes up the school and wider community through a week dedicated to providing enriching activities and the opportunity to learn about different cultures, religions, sexualities and genders.
The school-wide initiative saw each class - from Early Years to Year 6 – take part in activities that taught the importance of diversity through some of the key topical issues.
Coinciding with LGBT History Month, the awareness week was also led by the school’s adoption of the ‘No Outsiders’ scheme – a method of teaching the nine protected characterristics – and its work towards achieving The Rainbow Flag Award, a national quality assurance framework focusing on LGBT+, inclusion and visibility.
With each day focussing on a different area, from race and religion, to gender identity and celebrating differences linked to sexual orientation, the pupils benefitted from a range of activities which culminated with each year group dressing in a different colour of the rainbow to represent the LGBT flag.
At the younger end of the school, the tale of ’Introducing Teddy’ – a story about being yourself - was told and pupils went on to explore what it means to ‘be yourself’ and what makes each person unique with the purpose of challenging stereotypes and introducing the idea of gender identity.
To explore race and religion each year group was assigned a religious festival to celebrate, with Year 2 collecting and donating to Mid-Cheshire Foodbank to represent Zakat, the third Pillar of Islam, before learning about the significance of Ramadan and replicating the celebratory meal of Eid ul-Fitr.
Commenting on the success of the week, Head Teacher, Andrew Ross said: “At Rudheath, we are extremely proud of the diverse range of pupils we provide for and it’s extremely important to us that our curriculum reflects the wider world as well as our children’s place within it.
“Our Diversity Week was a great success and brought about a wider understanding of the different elements of diversity and why each should be accepted, embraced and celebrated by all.”