“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin
At Coldfall Primary, we are committed to being actively anti-racist. Our Inclusion and Anti-Racism group (IARG) is made up of Daisy Johns (classteacher), Rhianna Roberts (classteacher), Emily Gazzard (Deputy head and Inclusion and Anti-Racism lead) and Helen Da Silva (Inclusion and Anti-Racism governor). We have termly IARG parent meetings and termly IARG pupil meetings. These meetings provide a safe space for pupils and parents to discuss any concerns they may have around Inclusion and Anti-Racism at Coldfall Primary. The school are also working with Mpula Lawton from ARISE to ensure that Coldfall is an actively anti-racist school.
Current priorities include:
- Developing our robust processes for dealing with racist incidents
- Education around boundaries and personal space. Education around specific characteristics such as hair and the touching/playing with it.
- Education for educators regarding unconscious bias and raising awareness of this.
- Ensuring our Coldfall Curriculum reflects our diverse community and celebrates the achievements of a diverse range of individuals
- Ensuring all our pupils made outstanding progress and reach their academic potential
Intent does not supercede impact (Mpula Lawton, ARISE)
- Inclusion and Anti-Racism Group Lead is informed (Emily Gazzard).
- IARG lead will interview pupils. It will be explained to the ‘wrongdoer’ that their behaviour has been seen as racist.
- Pupils will be reminded of their Coldfall ‘Give me 5’ adults they can talk to. Children will be offered support by a member of staff who the child relates to if desired.
- IARG lead will contact parents of both parties.
- IARG lead will arrange for restorative meeting with both parties where appropriate.
- Incident will be recorded on My Concern.
- IARG lead will offer meeting/phonecall for parents of either party with one of our IARG teachers (Daisy Johns, Rhianna Roberts) or IARG Governor (Helen Da Silva).
- The incident will be discussed in general terms with the class with a member of the IARG team. The aim of this discussion will be to educate the pupils around the impact of racism. It will not be done as a way of shaming or punishing the pupil involved.
- Behaviour will be closely monitored.
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