Statement of Unity and Inclusion
There has been much in the press and on social media recently about the #BlackLivesMatter movement both in the USA, across the world and here in the UK. We are aware that some of you will be having discussions with your families and friends about what is happening at the moment.
You might like to watch these clips:
Newsround – https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/52813673
Blue Peter – https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/watch/bp-advice-for-helping-to-stop-racisim
Privilege & inequality – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K5fbQ1-zps
We were appalled by the deaths of George Floyd Breonna Taylor and others and the manner in which their lives were taken. We are aware that these are not incidents isolated in the United States, and that everyday people are living in fear because of the colour of their skin, their race, their heritage and their circumstances.
At Sandfield Primary School, we fully support everyone’s right to be valued and accepted as equals in society. Because of the historic inequality and oppression of people from the BAME community, we agree that ‘Black Lives Matter.’
Our Sandfield community is richer for our growing diversity, we currently have pupils from over 37 countries from around the world. We are committed to building and sustaining an inclusive learning community, based on our vison of everybody is valued, everybody is important and everybody belongs, in which we celebrate everyone’s identity, whatever their race, gender, religion, sexuality and beliefs.
Within our Sandfield School community, we acknowledge that there is much more we can do in terms of anti-racism. We promise to do better. We promise to both listen more actively to those who are under-represented, oppressed and marginalised, and to take greater action, even when it is easier to stay silent.
Those at Sandfield who are not part of the BAME community seek to better educate themselves. All people in the Sandfield school community, know that what we choose to ignore, we accept.
We know that ‘White Privilege’ does not mean that people who identify as ‘white’ cannot face hardship, disadvantage and discrimination in many ways, but that they do not have to fear that the colour of their skin increases the likelihood of prejudice and greater inequalities.
Education is the key to success for everyone. We have a huge role to play in improving and securing life chances for every young person in our care and we are committed to achieving this fundamental right for everyone.
All of us stand beside our friends, neighbours and family from all communities and commit to learning from others and supporting each other towards true equality and an end to inequality and discrimination.
Be Safe; Be Respectful; and Be Ready to own your words and your actions.
Live with Love and Respect