Schools have a vital role to play in helping to create a more equitable society. Ensuring equality is the first step towards this equitable society. Bourne Primary School is a values-based school and through this lens we teach children of a love for everyone, an appreciation for and respect of differences, to be thoughtful about our behaviour and to be kind to everyone. However, the work of anti-racism is even more than this. As a school committed to anti-racism, we provide a full, balanced education with opportunities for children to explore the history and patterns of power imbalances and discrimination, in age appropriate ways, as well as many opportunities to critically think about their role in society, and how they can contribute to making it a better place as global citizens. Racism ruins lives – it devastates the victims but it also damages the social and economic fabric of communities. We are actively engaging in anti-racist work by analysing all aspects of school life, including policies and the curriculum we offer. If we are to change things for the next generation, this vital work must be done by schools.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela.