Cultural COHESION Quality mark
We are excited to be one of the first schools in Leeds to register and start our work towards the Bronze Level of the Cultural Cohesion Quality Mark (CCQM). The principles that sit behind CCQM are ones which we wholeheartedly believe in; to work together harmoniously, to recognise, appreciate and promote diversity, to improve equality and prevent discrimination. As a school, we aim to work compassionately and to be culturally competent in all areas of school life.
Inequality, bias and discrimination exists in all walks of life – in gender, race, age class, disability, locality, religion and more. This stifles opportunities and takes a heavy toll on peoples’ wellbeing and happiness. As a school we have a responsibility to give our pupils the opportunity to discuss and consider their own and other peoples thoughts and feelings, whilst in a safe environment.
We started our work towards the Cultural Cohesion Quality Mark in the summer of 2019. It is going to be a lengthy process and it involves threading the principles throughout all areas of school, in every year group from Nursery to Year 6. Our staff, as well as the children will be developing their own cultural opinions and ideas. There will be training, open and honest discussions in safe environments and shared ideas to promote exposure to more diverse cultures in school. We are excited about this and feel that CCQM will be embedded in the ethos of Morley Victoria.
For more information on the Cultural Cohesion Chartermark, please visit: https://iccqm.org/
To read more about Equality and Diversity at Morley Victoria, please click here, this will take you to the relevant page on our website.
‘I have seen some fantastic evidence of your CCQM journey so far. It is brilliant to see the reflection of a growing and developing culturally responsive school. Your pupils and families, staff, governors and community ought to be proud of the exemplary steps you are taking.’ Jhardine Farrell – Leeds City Council Cultural Cohesion Quality Mark Lead
‘Working towards the CCQM has encouraged our pupil’s to think about their own cultures and to recognise the amazing diversity of our school. It is empowering staff to constantly reflect on their own practise and to be confident to have open and honest discussions in the safe environment of Morley Victoria. We are very proud to be on this journey.’ Morley Victoria CCQM Lead and Class Teacher
‘New people bring new ideas’ Year 3 Pupil
‘I believe that we are all equal’ Year 4 Pupil
‘I pledge to always treat people right and I wont judge people from their appearance’ Year 5 Pupil
‘I loved listening to everyone's cultures, I was very surprised when I heard about all of the cultures because everyone is so different’ Year 6 Pupil
Did you know?
- Research has shown that people with Chinese, African, Indian or Pakistani sounding names were 28% less likely to be invited to a job interview compared with those who had English sounding names.
- 78% of UK companies have a gender pay gap that favours men, with far fewer women in senior positions.
- 67% of British people feel uncomfortable around disabled people, over a third think disabled people are less productive.
- Almost 1 in 5 LGBT staff have been a target of negative comments or conduct in the workplace.
- 20 children are excluded from school every day for the racist abuse of their peers.
- On average a boy born in the most affluent areas will outlive a boy born in one of the poorest areas by 8.4 years.
- 1 in 8 of the working age population are from a BME background, yet only 1 in 16 top management positions are held by a minority ethnic person.
ASK YOURSELVES – CAN YOU HELP TO CHANGE THINGS FOR THE BETTER?
Below is a list of culturally diverse texts that we have chosen to share with each year group. Feel free to take a look - they are just lovely!