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.
The Childline website has some information about racism and racial bullying with some more useful resources. National Literacy Trust has published book lists for children and young people of all ages to share black stories and promote black voices.
Click here to read the useful tips on how to talk with children about racism and social justice created by Save the children.
Watch and listen
BBC Woman’s Hour – How to talk to your children about race and racism– some starting points for discussions and how to empower children. All Bugbears – a girl explains how she is sad when she sees people being racist– thoughts about how everyone is the same on the inside Horrible Histories – Rosa Parks– a short YouTube video all about Rosa Parks.