Diversity at Knowsley Junior School
At Knowsley Junior School we promote British Values and throughout the year we will be promoting these in a number of ways. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact school.
We will be enabling our children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence, whilst encouraging respect for other people. Our pupils should be able to participate fully in, and contribute positivity to, life in modern Britain.
During the course of the year we will have assemblies that celebrate our diverse community.
Through the use of books (Troll Swap for Year 3/4 and William’s Doll for Year 5/6), we will speak about what society expects from girls and boys. At Knowsley we feel felt that girls and boys should be treated equally, they should be respected, regardless of their interests and hobbies. This topic can sometimes lead to discussions around children who may be transgender.
The Sophie Lancaster Foundation (Years 5/6)
These sessions help to challenge common preconceptions and enable pupils to explore their values and beliefs, and where they originate from, in a safe environment. Subcultures and stereotypes are explored through character cards, task cards, images, vocabulary, videos, music, discussion, creative writing/artwork, role play and physical transformation.
The content and structure enable a wide range of issue-based topics to be explored, including how to respect equality and diversity in relationships; physical, mental and emotional well-being; how to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships; respect for self and others; rights and responsibilities; managing transition, bullying and hate crime.
The sessions support the development of critical thinking, empathy, increased awareness and understanding of difference and diversity and a deeper knowledge of cultural issues in the wider world.
Stonewall FREE LGBT+
These sessions help to stop homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying, which is widespread in primary schools. In addition, primary school children come from a variety of backgrounds and families. Celebrating different families and tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying is crucial to making all children feel welcome, and enabling them to learn to accept others for who they are.
- Half of primary school teachers who are aware of homophobic bullying in their school say that boys ‘who behave like girls’ are bullied and a third say that boys who are not into sports are bullied.
- More than one in ten say that pupils whose parents or carers are gay are bullied, and one in five say that pupils who are perceived to be lesbian, gay or bisexual are bullied.
- Seven in ten primary schoolteachers hear children say phrases like ‘that’s so gay’ or ‘you’re so gay’ in school. A third of primary school teachers hear children making homophobic remarks like ‘poof’, ‘dyke’, ‘queer’, and ‘faggot’.
We also use a variety of books to explore gender and different families: Sissy Duckling, Hello Sailor, Jacob’s New Dress, Be who you are, I am Jazz and Are you a boy or a girl?
An invisible disability is a condition that a person has, but that other people cannot see. These conditions usually affect some one’s ability to:
- Communicate with others
- Control their mood
- Manage the way they think
At Knowsley, we can play a critical role in bullying prevention by encouraging a culture of acceptance through discussion, classroom activities and storytelling.