Information for Families: Tackling Race Inequality in Lewisham Schools
We are delighted to share this important letter: Race Equality Letter from Lewisham Learning, that outlines the significant work all Lewisham schools are doing to tackle race inequality. This is work that we take very seriously and committed to in this year’s School Improvement Plan.
Our work at Myatt Garden is focused on:
- Achieving equity for engagement in learning and academic outcomes for BAME children;
- Celebrating difference and diversity;
- Promoting the achievements of other cultures and BAME individuals;
- Developing an anti-racist school.
Our Governors have signed the Lewisham pledge on behalf of the school, which will be officially launched on the 22nd June, Windrush Day (more information in the letter above). As a school we have held two INSET days to develop this work and were lucky enough to work with Jeffrey Boakye during our most recent INSET. Jeffrey is an author, broadcaster, commentator, educator, journalist and teacher with a particular interest in issues surrounding education, race, masculinity and popular culture. He provided us with a hard-hitting and thought-provoking morning that explored the history of racism, white-privilege and racial literacy.
In addition, a large number of staff have attended a wide range of training including unconscious bias and de-colonising the curriculum and a steering group has been established using the NEU’s Anti-racism Framework to start evaluating elements of our practice and develop next steps. Curriculum coordinators have been looking at our history, science and geography curriculum and we are continuing to diversify our book stock across the school.
Our anti-racist work will remain a priority on the School Improvement Plan and will continue to be a long-term focus for all Lewisham schools. Next year, working with families and our extended community will be a particular focus.
We will be holding a special assembly to mark Windrush Day and celebrate contributions of the Windrush generation and their families who have contributed to every part of British life.