Clifton High School’s focus on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging ensures all our School members develop and grow an understanding of their place in the world.
It is our inclusive, diverse and collaborative community that supports this process, proving to reinforce the positive strength of each individual whilst enabling the enriched learning environment that continues to thrive.
In essence, Clifton High School is preparing all our pupils for success in an ever-evolving, diverse and interconnected world as we aspire to nurture future leaders who are both curious and interested in the values of differing perspectives. Ultimately, it is their uniqueness that empowers them.
Our commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging is reflected within every aspect of our School from The Hive through to the Sixth Form and beyond. Threaded throughout this is a bespoke curriculum, engaging co-curricular opportunities as well as internal and external events that are inclusive and representative of diverse local and global communities.
The learning environs of Clifton High School are safe spaces where open dialogue, empathy and understanding are encouraged. They afford our students the freedom to explore ideas and experiences, allowing personal and academic growth to be mirrored as they develop into compassionate and informed individuals.
As a School, we acknowledge that Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging is an on-going journey; one that requires a commitment to continuing awareness and with that, improvement. We are fortunate to be led by dedicated staff members who are engaged in supporting their professional development to further their personal understanding of how Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging evolves in our changing world.
We actively seek input from our pupil body and community members, welcoming participation through guest speakers, workshops and events in this journey to support us in the role we play in educating future generations.
An Open-Door Policy with an Open-Minded Approach to Open-Ended Conversations
Clifton High School’s Progress In Reinforcing The Awareness Of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion And Belonging In 2023/24
Clifton High School’s overarching commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging is to create an environment that is characteristic to our School; one that strives to reinforce an inclusive, collaborative and diverse community.
Adhering to an open-door policy, our strategies are both open-ended and open-minded. We are transparent in our endeavours and herewith detail our current 2023 initiatives and what we have planned for 2024.
|Safeguarding and Policy
In partnership with FLAIR, a race and ethnicity analytics organisation, Clifton High School has been awarded their Bronze Certificate. As we continue to follow their recommendations, we are working towards achieving Silver in March 2024.
We firmly believe our School environment is a safe one and with this in mind, we are committed to creating a culture of ‘Calling In’ using the 3Cs – Conversation, Context, Compassion.
|DIALOGIC LEARNING AND LANGUAGE
Recent Clifton High School staff training has included tackling topics such as anti-racism and the language advised by ‘Anti-Racism in Schools and Education’ (A.R.I.S.E.), an organisation that provides inclusion, belonging and anti-racism training within the education sector. We have also covered the subject of anti-racist pedagogies.
In November 2023, we welcomed activist, academic and social psychologist Lewis Wedlock to discuss and explore the subjects of masculinities, femininities, anti-racism, accountability and allyship with our Year 11 and Year 12 pupils through dialogic workshops and assemblies.
In February 2023, Year 7 pupils participated in the Global Routes Photography Project, creating a photographic documentary of Clifton Village to explore the local communities from their unique perspectives. They exhibited, alongside other national schools, in London and Bristol.
|EDI CURRICULUM 2023/24
Health and Wellbeing
As part of the Global Routes Project, our Year 7 to Year 9 pupils were introduced to ‘Being an Upstander’ in lessons that explored recent history, interviews, stories and photographs from members of our global majority communities in Bristol and throughout the United Kingdom.
The Enrichment Prism
All teachers were encouraged to enrich one unit of lesson learning by incorporating open questions, child-led, dialogic learning, specific and diverse examples, global sources and perspectives and contemporary links.
African Diaspora Heritage Week
The week gave Clifton High School teachers, across all Year groups, the opportunity to share poetry from African Diaspora Heritage poets. Our pupils from Year 6 to Year 13 participated in National Poetry Day with visiting guest speakers, Laurence Hoo of The Cargo Movement and Ife Grillo from Ad Infinitum.
|on-going training and utilisation
|LOCAL AND GLOBAL NETWORKing
In January 2024 Clifton High School will collaborate with parents to establish the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDI&B) Parent Forum.
Alongside this, we are establishing and actioning positive recruitment links with Babbasa, an organisation that inspires and supports under-represented young people in Bristol.
These networking initiatives ensure that our School community is active in building and continuing relationships as well as networking with our local EDI community including Lewis Wedlock, Khali Ackford, Ife Grillo, Mpula Lawton, Laurence Hoo and Babbasa.
We will continue to engage with diverse role models, inviting them to join us for co-curricular workshops, career talks and events.
A large part of Clifton High School’s education is encouraging self-advocacy in the belief that our pupil body will gain a growth of learning by leading and engaging in EDI projects, events and workshops. These include: