This is a truly inspirational piece of work that the Difference and Diversity group is funding and it should make a big difference to the way students across Southend interact with each other
Laura Watkins, Campaign Support Worker
The Difference and Diversity group in Southend has funded a series of workshops in schools across Southend by Show Racism the Red Card and Southend United Community and Educational Trust.
The Difference and Diversity group is funding a year-long project at 11 Southend schools during which representatives from homophobia, disability, culture and racism awareness groups visit these schools to drive down bullying. This follows on from a successful project last year.
On the 7/12/15 we visited Temple Sutton School, one of the schools involved in the project, for a great day of workshops and fitness sessions with their year 5 and 6 students. We kicked off the day with our DVD and introduction to the day. We then split the students into classes to run our workshops, where we talked about stereotypes and where we get our ideas from. We also spoke to the students about hate crime and protected characteristics. Miss Bushnell, Head of Year 5 said that they were "A fascinating experience. It was truly enlightening to be able to encounter the children's thoughts and reflections on the topic of racism. We all finished the workshops with a greater understanding and the children were visibly more relaxed about the subject by the end"
Students also really enjoyed the workshops saying "We really enjoyed learning more about how others feel when they have been victim to racism as we know more about it now. Really, like Manisha and Clint say, you just need to ask questions to find out more about other people. We should treat others fairly" - Children from Year 5
SUCET ran the fitness sessions which focused on teamwork, respect and listening. Students really enjoyed the activities and gained a greater understanding of the importance of teamwork.
We would like to thank Temple Sutton School for being so welcoming "It was a thoroughly enjoyable day working with the Year 5 pupil's. Both the children and staff were very welcoming and treated the subject matter with great importance, which in turn impacted upon the way the young people acted within their school" – Manisha Tailor. We would also like to thank Southend United for their hard work and expertise on the day, and Southend’s Difference and Diversity group for funding this important work.