Respect Assembly – discriminatory language and behaviour

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We spoke to the children in KS1 and KS2 behaviour about how important it is to be

respectful in the way we talk to and behave with each other. Not just when

we are looking at our Respect value  at the moment, of course, but all year


In particular we looked at discriminatory language and behaviour – words and

actions that treat someone unfairly because of something to do with who they are.

We discussed the different ways people can discriminate and came up with

the following (non-exhaustive) list:

  • Racist, sexist or homophobic behaviour.
  • Discriminating against someone who is disabled or who has a different religion

or who comes from a different place or who doesn’t have a lot

of money or who looks different (clothes, hair, shoes, physical appearance).

  • Discriminating against someone for any difference that they have.


We all agreed it was really important that if Ashmead is to continue to

be a safe and happy place for all children that these sorts of behaviours do not

happen. If they do happen it is crucial that an adult is told straight away. We have

created a special form to record any such incidents and we will discuss anything

like this with parents.


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