For many years Earlston High School has been on a journey to ensure that our school is an inclusive space for all its community members and since 2017, we have worked closely with LGBT Youth Scotland to ensure the way we do things meets all our pupil’s needs. We have introduced the following:
- An annual Diversity Week celebrating protected characteristics mentioned in the Equality Act (2010): age, race, disability, religion and belief, gender reassignment, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity. In addition, our school also provides support for pupils who experience poverty, young carers, non-binary pupils, care-experienced pupils and those who have English as an additional language.
- Creating a Diversity Club, which meets every Tuesday lunchtime in Art 1, and regularly discusses and promotes awareness around age, race, disability, religion and belief, gender reassignment, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity.
- Creating an S6 Diversity Committee who help to drive change in the school and oversee the Diversity Week, Diversity Club and support our Cluster Primary Schools with their journey to being an inclusive space for all their community;
- Created and or amended school policy documents to ensure that all are supported and feel safe to thrive in our school community (Equalities Policy, Inclusion Policy, LGBT+ Policy, Wellbeing Policy, Anti-Bullying Policy and PE Inclusion Policy);
- Implemented training in relation to LGBT identities and awareness, Mental Health, Child Protection, Humanutopia, MVP and Differentiation and Inclusion;
- Adapted teaching resources to ensure that they feature a range of voices from across the Protected Characteristics outlined in the Equality Act 2010;
- Regularly asked our students, teachers and parents about continually improving diversity and inclusion.
As a result of this ongoing work and our aspiration to create an inclusive learning environment for all our students, ‘getting it right for all’, we have achieved the LGBT Youth Scotland Gold Charter Mark. Through this intersectional work, we strive to take a holistic approach to inclusion at Earlston High School. Special thanks to our committed students and teachers in helping to drive this forward. If you have any questions regarding our equalities or practice please contact Mr Sinclair or Mrs McDonald
Clubs based in school:
Diversity Club Tuesday Lunchtime Mr Adam’s Room Art 1
Christian Union Tuesday and Thursday Lunchtime SS9
Amnesty Club Wednesday Lunch time SS10
Model United Nations Thursday Lunchtime SS7
Please check the school bulletin and the extra-curricular activity club list for more