Creating a positive atmosphere
The impressions that parents and children receive, on their first visit to school are obviously important. Families from other ethnic groups or languages will feel welcomed by an environment that recognises the value of cultural and linguistic diversity.
- Welcome notices at the entrance, labels on doors etc. in range of appropriate languages.
- Displays around school with captions in English and other languages.
- Pictures and displays including other cultures and backgrounds.
- Dual language books and tapes, stories and poems from other cultures, stories and poems reflecting multi-cultural Britain.
- Resources for all areas of the curriculum reflecting a range of cultures.
- Recognition and celebration of festivals from other cultures, particularly those appropriate to the children in school.
- Arrange to meet parents, to gather information about child, explain about school routines etc. (try to find someone who can act as interpreter if necessary)
- Check whether there are any activities that are unacceptable because of religion or culture and ensure that all staff are aware.
- Explain about possible Hampshire Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service involvement,
- Check whether parents will be able to read and understand letters and information sent from school. (if not, what arrangements will be made?)