Diversity and Inclusion Working Party helps guide change | Portsmouth High School

Diversity and Inclusion Working Party helps guide change

The Diversity and Inclusion working party, which was set up in September of last year, met online for the third time this month. 

The group is made up of staff, governors, parents, girls and alumnae and chaired by an alumna of the Class of 2014, Isla Paterson. As you will know, as a school we are constantly looking at the way in which we make ourselves as inclusive as possible and diverse. The group is working alongside the school to help find new ways of opening up conversations with pupils on diversity and inclusion issues. This is part of a wider GDST group called Undivided which, amongst other strands, is providing compulsory training for staff on topics such as unconscious bias. Our curriculum is modern and constantly evolving to include the latest thinking and for example, some modern texts in English but we are open to suggestions as to how this could be broadened.

Last term pupils from Year 5 upwards completed a survey which explored their knowledge and understanding of Undivided. I am proud to report that the school scored very well indeed and our pupils know not to discriminate and be fair.  Moreover, on the whole they thought the school and its community was an equal organisation that was open-minded. They made useful suggestions as to how we might improve further and these will form part of our school council discussions.

I am grateful to all who give their time selflessly to support this working party.