Celebrating difference and promoting inclusion in our richly diverse community
We are very proud of our inclusive culture where every child is valued and identity and individuality are celebrated. Our children thrive in an exciting environment and learn to value their own culture and beliefs while respecting those of others.
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.
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 in to school to share and celebrate their experiences
- Marking anti-bullying fortnight 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 Jigsaw PSHE curriculum which covers 'being me in my world' (a celebration of identity), racism, bullying (including cyber bullying) and other areas of significance including relationships and sex education
- Celebrating key events in the religious calendar
- Protecting our children from extremist view
Below are two very good websites we use to support our work on diversity at Belmont.
Embedding inclusion and empathy through education and role model storytelling. Our vision is a world where everyone embraces diversity and can thrive.