School Diversity Week 1-5 July
Hurstmere is celebrating School Diversity Week 1-5 July. As part of our efforts to ensure our school environment is a place where every child can realise their potential, we will be joining hundreds of thousands of pupils and school staff taking part in School Diversity Week 2019 to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) equality in education.
Growing up remains unacceptably tough for LGBT+ young people: 40% contemplate suicide, 52% self harm and 86% still hear homophobic remarks. This has a potentially life- long impact on young people’s attainment and wellbeing.
Alongside our anti-bullying and safeguarding policies, taking part in School Diversity Week is an important way of actively supporting LGBT+ young people in our school, and of demonstrating our commitment to an inclusive school environment where every young person can be themselves and thrive. It is a chance to explain to all our pupils the importance of diversity in the world we are preparing them for.
Under the Equality Act 2010 we have a legal obligation to promote understanding about LGBT+ equality and challenge prejudice. Ofsted will assess our approach to educating our young people about LGBT+ issues and combating bullying. Involvement with School Diversity Week has been commended by Ofsted as an indication that a school is fulfilling these responsibilities.
School Diversity Week, organised by the charity Just Like Us (justlikeus.org), was launched with the support of the Department for Education. This year’s week is sponsored by Facebook, The Daily Telegraph and JP Morgan with around 1,000,000 pupils and school staff due to take part.
Please do not hesitate to contact Ms Gallagher, who will be leading our preparations, to find out more or visit the just like us website https://www.justlikeus.org/sdw