Representing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Hampton Hill Junior School
At Hampton Hill Junior School we are committed to enhancing and developing our curriculum and ethos so that it reflects our school and the wider community. We utilise every opportunity we get in class, through our library, in our cross curricular days and school assemblies to celebrate equity, diversity and inclusion, create awareness of what equity means and expose our learners to positive representations within our world.
We motivate our pupils so that they are actively informed and feel confident to participate in initiatives, hold pupil led events, deliver parent sessions and incorporate strategies in class, so that everyone feels an integral part of our school and will be listened to.
We want all that attend Hampton Hill Junior School to feel they are welcome and free to express themselves and respectful perspectives on backgrounds, abilities, learning styles, cultures, genders, sexualities, religions and ethnicities.
What do we mean by Equity, Diversity and Inclusion?
Equity: Treating people equally does not necessarily mean treating them the same. Differences should be recognised in a discriminating, but not discriminatory, way. Equity is defined as “the state, quality or ideal of being just, impartial and fair.” The concept of equity is synonymous with fairness and justice. To achieve and sustain equity, it needs to be thought of as a structural and systemic concept. Equity involves trying to understand and give people what they need to enjoy full, healthy lives. Equality, in contrast, aims to ensure that everyone gets the same things in order to enjoy full, healthy lives. Like equity, equality aims to promote fairness and justice, but it can only work if everyone starts from the same place and needs the same things.
Diversity: Diversity includes all the ways in which people differ, and it encompasses all the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another. It is all-inclusive and recognises everyone and every group as part of the diversity that should be valued. A broad definition includes not only race, ethnicity, and gender — the groups that most often come to mind when the term "diversity" is used — but also age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, and physical appearance. It also involves different ideas, perspectives, and values.
Inclusion: Authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities, and decision / policy making in a way that shares power.
We have worked very hard to promote equity, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) by providing a rich curriculum, which exposes pupils to global history, studying geographical changes in diverse civilisations and creating opportunities to inspire our learners through the arts from all backgrounds and genders.
It has been a pleasure to see the impact of our celebratory days, such as the international language days, “show racism the red card” and diversity days that we have held.
Through training given to our staff we shared our vision to celebrate heritage and influenced areas within the curriculum, assemblies for the whole school and our library that is extensively resourced with books from authors from different walks of life and communities.
Who is involved?
Our Diversity Leads at HHJS are:
Alan Went Mandy Appleyard Nasima Bandealy Cheryl Wood
We have different members of staff who take a lead on diversity in our school. Mr Went, our Headteacher and Mrs Appleyard, our Deputy Headteacher take an overarching lead on driving and monitoring our commitment to the representation of EDI in our school and across the curriculum.
Our Lead for those who speak English as an Additional Language is Mrs Bandealy, Mrs Wood is our PSHE Lead and School Council Rep.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions on how we can make our offer even better, don’t hesitate to contact one of the team of Diversity Leads to share your ideas.
At Hampton Hill Junior School we have deepened the understanding of our learners to create a culture that instigates a passion for becoming a global citizen. Our pupil diversity questionnaire shows this. We have conducted pupil diversity questionnaires for three years in a row and from one year to the next there is a greater awareness that is visible in the answers pupils gave. Have a look at our pupil diversity questionnaire summary here.
We take pride in the initiatives we have rolled out and the way they have been responded to in order to increase our cultural capital and create a sense of belonging for the HHJS parent community.
It’s imperative that our Hampton Hill School pupils get to ‘see themselves’ in books, both fiction and non-fiction and read texts that reflect the world in which we live.
We understand that children learn complex concepts from quality texts and so we often select stories or informative books to open up channels for discussion on topics that are raised or need addressing.
We are very fortunate to have a generous community of parents who often gift the school books from our Amazon Wishlist which we update to include recommended or topical books that often highlight characters from various backgrounds or groups so all our pupils can relate to and feel represented in the books on their classroom shelves.
Events and Celebrations
International Diversity Day
Show the Racism the Red Card
International Languages Day
In 2022 we held a Diversity photo competition and our winner was Daniel Olah in Year 3. To view the winning entry, please click here.
To view our staff Diversity board, click here.
To view some of the work completed by our Young Interpreters, click here.