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Northaw CE Primary School and Nursery

Loving for Today, Learning for Tomorrow, Forever in Faith

Equality and Inclusion

Shortly after becoming headteacher, I sought your views through a survey on how well we celebrate diversity and combat discrimination. While responses were overwhelmingly positive, there was also much food for thought, and I would like to update you on our work in this area. Equality is central to our Christian vision, and it is essential this finds expression in all we do.


My first year was spent reimagining the curriculum we deliver, promoting academic rigour alongside inclusivity. For example, in music, our listening repertoire is not limited to classical pieces: pupils are exposed to the full range of our world's musical traditions from the bhangra sounds of the Bhujhangy Group to 80s synth/pop and Bronski Beat, from the folk music of the Middle East to Destiny's Child. Similarly, in DT, inspiration is drawn from masters as varied as the late architect Zaha Hadid and Shigetaka Kurita, who created the first emoji in 1999. There are also numerous occasions now, including International Mother Language Day and World Autism Acceptance Week, when we share what makes us unique. I would like to think even the briefest visit to our website underscores how everyone is welcome here.


In September, I appointed Miss Kirk as Equality Leader to develop our strategy further. A key step before next summer is drafting an anti-discrimination policy, more clearly stating our zero-tolerance approach towards racism, homophobia and other forms of prejudice. She works closely with Mrs Whitaker, our Inclusion Leader, in supporting every child to feel safe and happy at school.