Celebrating Diversity

Embedding inclusion and empathy through education! 
Our vision is a world where everyone embraces diversity and can thrive.

Celebrating difference and promoting inclusion in our richly diverse community.

We are very proud of our inclusive culture where every child is valued and individuality is celebrated. Our children thrive in an exciting environment and learn to value their own culture and beliefs while respecting those of others. We praise and celebrate individuality, teaching children about Protected characteristics; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation. While, ensuring all children are aware of the Equality Act is a law which protects us all  from discrimination.

We actively promote self-worth through our PSHE curriculum, assemblies, circle times and house system. Every day we witness the unique connection of play that exists for all children all over the world. When children join us with no or little English, they quickly form friendships.

As a non-denominational school, we have a community of many faiths. Children enjoy learning about other people’s beliefs as well as reflecting on their own values and faith, sharing the joy of a variety of religious festivals and celebrations. Children share and discuss their views in a safe and respectful environment.

Key themes/topics celebrated at The Leys include:

  • Relationship and Sex Education - Leys RSE page

  • Black History month - Leys Curriculum History

  • Online Safety awareness - Leys Online Safety page

  • Wellbeing and Mental Health - Feel Good Week - from Monday 13th November 2023

  • Holocaust Memorial Day - Friday 26th January 2023

  • International Women's Day - Friday 8th March 2024

  • International Week from 15th May 2024

  • Pride Day - Friday 21st June 2024

  • International Food Fair - Monday 8th July 2024

  • International Non-binary Day - 14th July 2024

We celebrate our diverse community every day and through:

  • Whole school projects during Black History Month, where we celebrate achievement and acknowledge the injustice and shame of the past and stress the importance of learning from history.

  • Valuing our languages through ‘language of the month’

  • Inviting our children who do not have English as a first language to read to the class in their own language and then explain the text if they can.

  • Inviting parents and other adults into school to share and celebrate their experiences.

  • Focus on anti-bullying with workshops and assemblies where we reinforce our zero tolerance for any kind of bullying and encourage children to speak up with the expectation that they are heard

  • NSPCC workshops and assemblies.

  • Online safety training for staff to alert them to any potential risks for children, followed up in class with children.

The PSHE curriculum, 1Decision, covers 'a world without judgement', ‘online safety’ and ‘growing and changing’ which highlights racism, bullying (including cyber bullying) and other areas of significance including relationships and sex education.

This year we will be launching Global Fridays each half term in reference to the changes in the Herts RE curriculum and the focus on Global worldviews and experiences of all religions across the world. Protecting our children from extremist views with class debates and discussions

We believe that:

Celebrating Diversity Whole School Homework - Download

Below are two very good websites we use to support our work on diversity at The Leys
- www.equaliteach.co.uk
- www.diversityrolemodels.org

Yumpu Schoolbooks

Recent showcase Yumpu books produced by our pupils

Parent Guide

Yoopies have put together a useful book of resources, activities and tips for families to empower children to work
towards racial equality.
You can access it here.

Please use these links for articles and videos which can support adult learning on the subject of diversity and racism. They are not intended to be viewed by children but may be used in discussions with your child/ren:

- BBC Newsbeat
- Ted.com/talks/pran_patel
- Ted.com/talks/deconstruct_racism
- Aljazeera.com/indepth

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Ripon Road, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 4QZ.
01438 314148

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Headteacher:  Mrs D Khangura
Chair of Governors:  Mrs Marina Stone