What is a CJS Equity and Diversity Ambassador?

This group of young people from across the school will be committed to ensuring that children are treated equitably, and that diversity is embraced at Chellaston Junior School.

 

What is Equity?

We all know that ‘Equality’ is important and deals with fairness; that means that everybody in our school should have ‘equal’ rights, opportunities, and resources. However, taking only this approach can mean that even though we are trying to be ‘equal’, some pupils may still struggle.

Equity, on the other hand, provides people with resources that fit their unique circumstances to allow everyone a chance to achieve their best outcomes. World Health Organization (WHO) definition of social equity is “the absence of avoidable or remediable differences among groups of people.” The schools that prioritise equity versus equality are more in tune to their pupils’ needs and provide resources to overcome their specific challenges. That’s CJS!

 

What is Diversity?

CJS has a wide variety of adults and children, each with their own identity and sense of culture, religion, and beliefs. Diversity is all the things that make us unique. It is about recognising, respecting, celebrating and valuing all our differences and therefore all our people and should support us in protecting people from being discriminated against.

 

What is a CJS Equity and Diversity Ambassador?

This group of young people from across the school will be committed to ensuring that children are treated equitably, and that diversity is embraced at Chellaston Junior School.

The group will meet on a half term basis to champion Equity and Diversity. They will do this by assessing a range of things in the school (such as our curriculum, our displays and the books we read).

They’ll begin this role with a 6-week programme of workshops with the rest of the Equity and Diversity Ambassadors. The workshops are designed to ensure that “children and young people have a safe space to explore concepts such as identity and culture in order to promote tolerance, kindness, and inclusivity.”

The programme of learning will be delivered, in school time, for an hour a week by professionals from ‘Empower My Voice’.  Empower My Voice are a Derby based organisation, they have been established to offer their expertise through the use of Creative Arts and Wellbeing to any organisation that holds a statutory care duty for children and young people.

After the 6 weeks, you’ll be a CJS Equity and Diversity Ambassador, and you’ll be able to make a big difference and make a stand for all of the pupils across our school.

 

Any children at CJS with an interest in promoting tolerance and kindness is welcome to apply. If you’d like to be a CJS Equity and Diversity Ambassador, please complete this quick form so that we know who you are and how you want to help our school:

https://forms.gle/p4bvkoADXktbbSxR9

How about nominating somebody who you feel would make a great ambassador? You can do this on the form too.

We’ll look at all of the forms in the next few weeks and we’ll aim to have two Equity and Diversity ambassadors per class.

 

CJS – Be Kind, Be Ready, Be Safe