All are Welcome at St. Jude's.
As a Catholic school we promote the Gospel values of love and forgiveness. We welcome and value everyone in our school, celebrating and valuing our differences, our uniqueness and that we are all equally loved by God.
We aim for all pupils to be happy and excited about living and learning in a community full of difference and diversity.
To ensure that our children are taught to live out these values, the school has adopted the ‘No Outsiders: Everyone Different, Everyone Welcome' text based approach, through which our children learn about equality and diversity. From Foundation Stage to Year 6, every year group has 6 texts with 6 lesson plans. This is one aspect of how we teach children about equality and diversity through the curriculum.
This scheme was created by Andrew Moffat MBE, who was nominated for the Global Teacher Prize in 2018-19. No Outsiders has three core values:
- Respect for diversity through education in schools;
- Commitment to community cohesion through understanding and acceptance of difference;
- Promotion of dialogue to counter fear and hate in society.
No Outsiders involves the use of age appropriate story books to teach about the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010. These include:
- gender reassignment;
- marriage and civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity,
- religion or belief;
- sexual orientation.
At St. Jude's we strive to ensure that our pupils are surrounded by a consistent message:
There are no outsiders here;
Everyone is different;
We like being different;
We are all equal in our difference;
I can get along with you even if we are different;
We live in the U.K., our British values support this and the law says this too.
We will work alongside our families, parents and carers to deliver this message of inclusivity. You are very welcome to call in to see your child’s class teacher to discuss this approach and to view the picture books we use for this.
Below is an overview of the books we use:
Letter to parents