Anti-Racism and Black Lives Matter
We are dedicated to ensuring everyone is welcome at our school. Vauxhall Primary School supports anti-racist principles. We believe that all people should be treated with dignity and respect and we stand in solidarity with BAME communities locally and globally. We are dedicated to continuing to learn about the ways discrimination affects lives and to actively respond to help achieve a racially just and diverse society. We have been greatly moved by the energy and engagement of our community to the Black Lives Matter movement. Schools are key to the process of combatting racism. We take seriously our responsibility to equip young people for their lives by offering a broad and diverse curriculum alongside the continued development of good ethical and moral practice within our community. We are a gold Rights Respecting School; we are proud of our diverse curriculum that supports all learners to think critically and to stand up to all types of social injustice and inequalities. Vauxhall Primary School has a long tradition of welcoming pupils from diverse backgrounds. We ensure that our curriculum covers issues of racial equality, discrimination, diversity, and the immense contributions of BAME communities. We have a lot of good work already going on and we are determined to continue to develop. Our school places great importance on ‘valuing one another’. We want to learn with mutual respect to honour that value and be instrumental in bringing about a racially just society.
The Black Lives Matter movement has brought to many people’s attention that it’s not enough to be passively non-racist; we have to be actively anti-racist. It is important to talk with our children about this.
You may want to access this helpful guide for parents to support any conversations you may be having. You can access the guide HERE.
There are some fantastic books for all ages available in the Virtual Library. Please click on the picture below to access it.
Following the losses of World War II, Britain was in dire need of labourers. This prompted a campaign to entice people from the countries of the British Empire and Commonwealth to immigrate to the UK.On June 22, 1948, the ship HMT Empire Windrush landed at Tilbury Docks, just east of London, bringing with it the first immigrants from the Caribbean. The ship's name inspired the term, the Windrush Generation.
The arrival of the Windrush generation was an iconic moment that shaped modern Britain. In light of the recent immigration scandal surrounding the treatment of the Windrush Generation, it is more important than ever to shine a light on their stories and highlight the important contribution the Caribbean community has made to our city.