Maple Cross is committed to being anti-racist school. This year, we are partaking in the Herts for Learning Great Representation project alongside 26 other primary, secondary and special schools in Hertfordshire. This is led by Hannah Trickett (Head Teacher) and Katie Saxon (Year 1 Class Teacher, History and Music Curriculum Lead).
The rationale for the programme is:
- We have systemic race inequity in UK society
- We have systemic race inequality in schools both nationally and in Hertfordshire
- We have a duty to all children and staff to address this at all level.
The aims of the programme are:
- To encapsulate key features and qualities of schools which have effective anti-racist practice and a culture of race equity for all
- To explore strategies and review literature focussed on race equity and anti-racism
- To share effective practice in race equality, anti-racism, diversity and representation through discussions in a safe space, school visits ad the writing of reflective journals
- To contribute to system leadership through the nurturing of a group of leaders committed to a common goal.
This is why we are committed to being anti-racist (all figures shared by HfL) -
Law Enforcement and the Justice System
- Black people are 4 X more likely to be stopped and searched than their White peers
- Young Black people are 9X more likely to be arrested than their White counterparts
- 78% of the people listed on the Met's gang data base are Black (13% of London's population is Black)
- 12% of the UK prison population is Black (3% of the overall UK population is Black)
- In 2020, people of Bangladeshi ethnicity has around 2X the risk of death from COVID as people of White British ethnicity
- 95% of doctors who have died of COVID are of BAME heritage
- Black woman are 5X more likely to die in childbirth in the UK than White women.
- Black women in the UK are 3 - 6X more likely to be admitted to mental health units than White women.
Earnings (data from TUC, 2016)
- The pay gap between White and Black people with education up to GCSE was 11%
- The pay gap between White and Black people with education up to A Level was 14%
- The pay gap between White and Black people with education up to degree level was 23%.
This is a snapshot of the data which highlight the inequalities amongst people in the UK. As a school we are determined to ensure every pupil in our school has the same opportunities. Every race belongs at Maple Cross. More than belonging, we want every culture to be recognised and celebrated. Britain is a better place because of the diversity within our communities.
At Maple Cross we have begun to undertake a number of projects -
- Editing of all texts and removal of stereotypes
- Investment in books which include greater visibility of Black and minority ethnic characters
- Review of the wider curriculum to ensure greater diversity is visible
- Focussed and explicit units of learning on themes including prejudice and discrimination
- Whole school writing projects around The Windrush Generation and Africa.
- An active focus to recruit more people of Black and other ethnicities.
- Undertaking of the Anti-Bullying Alliance project which overlaps with themes of belonging.
- School community expectations which includes a focus on how we care for others
- School Parliament leading on themes of belonging.
- Regularly writing to parents to keep them updated of the project
- A visible display celebrating British Black history.
- Regular and on-going staff training.
This is just the beginning an there is more to come.
Read all about it
Have a look at Great Representation, Volume 1, 2021.22 can be found here - https://www.hertsforlearning.co.uk/resources/great-representation-volume-1
Have a look at Great Representation, Volume 2, 2022.23 can be found here -
Maple Cross will be featured in Volume 3.