‘Together we are more’, the Brindishe Federation moto that drives our school ethos and it is so true in today’s world. The unlawful killing of George Floyd is a stark reminder that we must tackle racism, violence and work together as one. With rights respecting at the heart of our teaching, we strive to ensure that everyone feels valued, everyone feels secure and everyone is treated with fairness and respect. We are all different yet we are all equal. We are proud to be who we are, and we stand together as one community. As educators, we will give our children the tools to challenge injustice and identify possibilities, so they are better equipped to make a difference to their world - for themselves and for others.
"You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but … history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own."
A Statement from the Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan The Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan has published a statement on behalf of Lewisham Council in response to the killing of George Floyd in the United States. You can read the full statement here: https://lewisham.gov.uk/articles/news/black-lives-matter-in-lewisham
A Statement from the Leaders of Lewisham As Lewisham Leaders, we stand united with the family, and friends, of George Floyd, who was unlawfully killed last week, in Minnesota, USA. We are committed to tackle and challenge racism, address inequality and call out discrimination. As educators we cannot remain silent. The murder of George Floyd must prompt careful reflection about racism in Britain today, and the extent to which it shapes our values, politics and economic life. Our community needs and deserves to feel safe in the belief that its leaders condemn all acts of racism and violence and moreover that they believe racism is an abhorrence that we as Lewisham Leaders reject. Lewisham Leaders have a duty to address systemic racism in our society and we uphold this in our united condemnation of the unlawful murder of an innocent black man George Floyd.
Our Equality Objectives
Our children, families and staff are drawn from a rich variety of social backgrounds, family structures, ethnic groups and religions. The Brindishe Schools value the right of each person to respect and recognise individual differences.
We actively work to ensure that all adults and children are given every opportunity to achieve, to recognise their own worth and to play an important part in our community. We place the promotion of equality of opportunity at the heart of all our work.
Our Equality Objectives:
The Brindishe New Curriculum and pedagogy ensures that:
- The Pupil Progress meetings drive provision and secure inclusion.
- The emotional, mental and physical health and well-being of each learner is made central to our planning & pedagogy.
- We extend, embed and share beyond our schools our ‘Educate and Celebrate curriculum’
- We model and teach children that ‘there is more that unites us than divides us.’
- We broaden (our own and) children’s understanding of faith, culture, custom and context through sharing and celebrating our communities and cultures.
The Brindishe Staff, Teams, Community & Connections work together to:
- Encourage difference, diversity and pride in one’s own identity.
- Ensure all parents and carers are aware of how they can access information about and contribute to their child’s learning and progress.
- Extend, celebrate and share our diversity and differences and be fully inclusive within and across our local community.
- Collaborate with outside agencies and the wider community to support our families and young people.
The Brindishe Horizons:
- Improve the ways we communicate with and to our community about why we do what we do, by reaching out to all our parents and carers and ensuring that information is up-to-date and easily accessible for everyone.