At Wolviston Primary School, we strongly believe in the importance of Equality. This belief is modelled by our staff, our governing body and our volunteers every day.
Our school culture is one where the whole school community work together to foster an environment of inclusivity. As children move through Wolviston Primary, we want them to explore their differences so that they feel comfortable being their true self. We want children to know who they are, feel proud to be who they are, and also know that they are accepted without judgement.
All children are taught from their first year in school that we are all different and we like that. In Early Years and Years 1 and 2, we use picture books where characters are different, and we show that they are friends and they play together. As children move up the school into Years 3, 4, 5 and 6, we continue to use age appropriate picture books to explore reasons why some people might feel left out. It is a fact that prejudice and discrimination exist, and children may experience it at some point in their lifetime.
Together, as parents, carers and teachers, we can prepare our children, give them the confidence to disagree when they hear prejudice, and show them that they are not alone. By using No Outsiders children build the language to challenge prejudice and show acceptance. Not only do they feel safe knowing they belong, they can also show and tell others that they too are safe: “I will be your friend. You belong here. You don’t have to change; there are no outsiders.
We work to ensure that our children understand that:There are No Outsiders at Wolviston:
– Everyone is different
– We celebrate our differences
– We are all equal in our differences
– I can get along with you even if we are different
– We live in the UK, our British Values support this and the law says this too.
Our chosen picture books are: