Equality & Inclusion
At Beaulieu we uphold and teach students about British Values.
The British values are:
- The Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith
We ensure that through our school vision, ethos, agreed rules, curriculum and teaching we promote respect and tolerance for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles. As educators we have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe. We value the importance of and support the current Ofsted guidance.
The promotion of modern British values and democracy is clearly evident within our school through the following:
- Assemblies where we teach respect for all, right and wrong, tolerance and differences and respecting and following the law.
- R.E. lessons which teach the children about all major faiths
- Our School Council and a democratic system of voting and providing a “voice” for all Students.
- Our School Vision and our 'Beaulieu ARRK' which outlines our commitment to tolerance, respect, celebration of differences.
- Our School Rules and Behaviour Policy
- Anti bullying policy and practices
- Life Skills and Citizenship (PSHCE)
- Close links within our community and charity work
- Our History lessons which show how our British history has helped to shape the modern Britain of today and the modern British values of our society and the positive and negative impacts of this.
Our ARRK principles were developed by our whole community - students, parents, staff and governors.
They are designed to illustrate the behaviours we all strive to model as members of the Beaulieu family, whatever our age or role within the school.
They are incredibly important to us and for our students, as they are the values that we believe will equip them, not just for learning now, but for a happy and fulfilled future.
Our ARRK principles demonstrate the values of our inclusive school and emphasise kindness and personal responsibility. Most importantly perhaps when considering Equality is our principle, ‘I celebrate the differences of others.’ As a school, we believe this is a particularly important principle and one that moves beyond ‘tolerance’. At Beaulieu, we welcome and celebrate our differences and in whatever form they arise. At Beaulieu, being proud and confident with who you are, your feelings, beliefs, background, ability or disability, race, culture, heritage, sexual orientation or gender, should always be a natural part of our school culture.
The Beaulieu Park School takes its duty under the PREVENT framework very seriously and will always appropriately address extreme views in whatever form they take and with external agencies if necessary.
The Beaulieu Park School has no mainstream political bias and will never advocate one. All political views will be explored in our school and we consider reasoned, intelligent (even passionate) debate a healthy quality. We are opposed to 'absoluteness' and 'certainty', but instead seek to listen to and understand those views that differ from our own, trying to remain open to new perspectives; accepting that is it possible that our very firm beliefs may and should be challenged and that someone else might know something we do not, or have experienced a perspective that we have not.
At Beaulieu, we believe in continually learning and that our view of the world should not become entrenched and should instead, continually evolve.
Racial & Cultural minorities
At Beaulieu, all members of our community should always feel fully included in our family. Anything that creates a barrier to this is not acceptable. The death of George Floyd in 2020, the protests and subsequent discussions that arose, have challenged schools to look closely at what they do both culturally and academically. At Beaulieu, we are committed to making some changes over this next period to ensure that there is a year round 'positive' celebration of black, asian and other minority culture and history, so that it is not something restricted to e.g. Black History month.
We have invested in many new books by black, asian and other diverse authors, with content centered on positive non-white protagonists so that our library is fully inclusive.
We will always seek the view of our students, especially those that belong to minorities to understand what we might do better.
The Beaulieu Park School is a proud signatory of the Halo Code, an alliance of organisations and individuals working to create a future without hair discrimination, founded by young Black organisers from The Advocacy Academy. The code is displayed in full in our school uniform sections.
The Beaulieu Park School is a place where every person has the right to be themselves and to be fully included and to learn in a safe and happy environment. We still live in a society which broadly assumes a heterosexual, fixed gender identity perspective. This can make some Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ+) individuals feel excluded, isolated or unwelcome. We believe that everyone at Beaulieu is equal and should be treated with respect and kindness. Celebrating different families and tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying is crucial to making the whole school community including school staff feel welcome, and accepted for who they are.
Our commitment to equality for all is supported by the law. Under the Equalities Act (2010) schools must show due regard to:
- Eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
Homophobic or Biphobic bullying is bullying someone because they are lesbian, gay or bisexual, or because you think they are, or because they have a family of two mums or two dads.
Transphobic bullying is bullying someone because they are transgender (someone who feels the gender they were assigned at birth does not match the gender that they feel themselves to be)
Homophobic, Biphobic, Transphobic Language (HBT) includes language that may be often categorised as ‘just a joke’ or ‘banter’; but is usually at the expense of others. Language can be targeted at individuals or groups of people who do, or are perceived to be LGBTQ+.
- Fostering good relations
- Advancing equality of opportunity
Positive education around Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ+) identities is important to us at Beaulieu Park. It is essential that all children and staff feel included and that they are able to talk freely about their families.
We have invested in many new books by LGBTQ+ authors, with content centered on positive LGBTQ+ protagonists and issues so that our library is fully inclusive.
LGBT+ SUPPORT AND INFORMATION
Proud Trust www.theproudtrust.org
LGBT Foundation lgbt.foundation
Schools Out www.schools-out.org.uk
TRANSGENDER AND HELP WITH SUPPORT
Transkids - www.transkidspurplerainbow.org
Mermaids - www.mermaidsuk.org.uk – for parents of transgendered children
The Angels - www.theangels.co.uk - for parents of transgendered children
Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) www.gires.org.uk – for teachers and professionals