Diversity, Equality & Inclusion
The Beaconsfield School ensures every student and member of staff is appreciated, recognised, and a valued member of the school community.
We will learn, listen to, and respect individual lived experiences, providing equitable and accessible opportunities for all. We will continue to create a culture of belonging and celebration, so everyone feels safe, confident, and seen, regardless of their race, gender, sexuality, culture, heritage, or religion.
We are committed to enabling the success of every individual in our care.
The Beaconsfield School are against discrimination, prejudice and hatred of any kind. Our staff, students and community are committed to ensure we actively embody and embed a culture of anti-racism, LGBTQ+ allyship, disability, neurodiversity awareness and create an environment, which promotes respect, kindness, compassion and empathy. We will continue to embed values that respect diversity of thought and identity, equality and equity so that every student and member of staff feels safe, included. Above all, we want all our students to know their sense of belonging is intrinsic to their wellbeing, mental health and their success.
Our Actions so Far
Whilst at school, we continue to educate students about equality, diversity and inclusion across the curriculum and through our extra curricular activities.
Appointment of a DEI Lead
Meet Zahara Chowdhury our Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Lead at The Beaconsfield School. This year, in order to fully support our staff, students and community, from curriculum to pastoral care, we look forward to working with Zahara to actively embed our vision and commitment to DEI at school.
Zahara ChowdhuryDiversity, Equality and Inclusion Lead at The Beaconsfield School
Zahara is a previous Head of English, Associate Senior Leader and Education and Wellbeing Consultant. She is also a blogger and podcaster, where she talks with individuals within the field of DEI about all the things School Should Be. If you have any questions or would like to talk about diversity, inclusion and equality at The Beaconsfield School, please get in touch with Zahara: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We are proud members of The Global Equality Collective, the first diversity, equality, inclusion and justice app for education and workplaces.
We will be working closely with the GEC and using their fantastic resources and training to support our teaching, culture and DEI ethos at TBS. For more information on the GEC, please see: www.thegec.org
- We have conducted a student diversity, equality and inclusion survey to help us understand how our students perceive DEI across the school. Based on the survey and conversations with students across the school, we have launched Pride Club to support our LGBT+ community in school. Through Pride Club, we hope to create awareness around school through assembles, mentor activities and displays to encourage a culture of allyship.
- We are launching a new student leadership initiative with our DEI ambassadors
Our DEI ambassadors are keen to ensure their fellow students feel supported within the school community. Some of our ambassadors have recently completed their mentoring training with Mind.org and will be supporting students across the school to feel confident, safe and successful at school. Not only will our ambassadors be offering emotional peer support, they will also be facilitating and leading ‘let’s talk’ sessions about race, identity and disability with students in younger years.
I would like to be a DEI Ambassador as I feel itï¿½s important that all students have someone to talk to, about anything, without the fear of being judged or the fear of the information being shared in a way that would make them vulnerable. I know I wouldï¿½ve appreciated having these Ambassadors to talk to when I was in my younger years at TBS!ï¿½ï¿½
I became a DEI Ambassador because I want to bring more equality to the school, help create a culture of diversity that we celebrate, and make sure everyone has their voice heard.ï¿½
Iï¿½m a DEI Ambassador because I know I can relate to all forms of stress; having dealt with anxiety I can help you discover where it primarily stems from and help find a way to deal with it day to day. I have completed my peer mentoring with Mind and I want to use this training to support all students to feel safe and that they belong to the TBS community.ï¿½ï¿½
I decided to become a DEI ambassador because I think that it is an area that requires attention and awareness. I want to promote, support and educate others on the importance of diversity, equality and inclusion.
Diversity, equality and inclusion education is not limited to school and we have a commitment to our wider school community to work with us as we learn together. Here we will signpost useful resources and information that can be used by students and parents outside of school hours. We will also keep you updated on the work we are doing in school to support diversity, equality and inclusion in education and beyond. Metro Article /Schools Week article:
Zaraha writes about the importance of Uncomfortable and necessary conversations we need to have with students – and why school is the best place to start.
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We recently led assemblies on the importance of diverse thought for students from all year groups and used Adiche’s fantastic Ted Talk, The Danger of a Single Story. Adiche’s Ted Talk is an engaging and candid exploration of her lived experience and the impact of stereotypes and our language on our relationships, environment and education.
After watching the Ted Talk, have a think about the following questions from the organisation, Facing History and Ourselves:
- Has someone else ever made an assumption about you because of some aspect of your identity?
- Was it a positive assumption or a negative one?
- How did you find out about the assumption? How did you respond?
The organisation Facing History and Ourselves offers some excellent and valuable resources and thinking points for teachers, students and parents to think about history and identity from a range of diverse perspectives.
- To develop further structures within the school that allows ‘student voice’ to be heard and responded to so that students’ perception of inequality can be analysed and addressed.
- To continue to narrow the difference between girls and boys academic outcomes.
- To continue to narrow the difference between non disadvantaged and disadvantaged students academic and attendance outcomes.
Our Equality Objectives Statement can be found here