Anti Racism and Support for Black Lives Matter Statement
9 Jun 2020
The Perse School supports anti-racist principles. We believe that all people should be treated with dignity and respect and we stand in solidarity with BAME communities locally and globally. We are dedicated to continuing to learn about the ways discrimination affects lives and to actively respond to help achieve a racially just and diverse society.
We have been greatly moved by the energy and engagement that so many members of The Perse community have given to the Black Lives Matter movement. Schools are key to the process of combatting racism. We take seriously our responsibility to equip young people for their lives by offering a broad and diverse curriculum alongside the continued development of good ethical and moral practice within our community.
The Perse is a liberal school with a long tradition of welcoming pupils from diverse backgrounds. We have independence to ensure that our curriculum covers issues of racial equality, discrimination, diversity, and the immense contributions of BAME communities. We have much good work already going on and we are determined to continue to develop.
We are forming a working group to address issues of equality and inclusion with representation from students, teachers, parents, support staff, alumni, and governors to consider how we can do even more by reviewing and where appropriate revising:
- What we teach
- How we teach it
- Appropriate training
- Wider responses
Our school places great importance on ‘valuing one another’. We want to learn with mutual respect to honour that value and be instrumental in bringing about a racially just society.