Black Lives Matter
LAE has been shocked and saddened by events in the USA, highlighting as they have, the inequalities in society there, here and across the world. These inequalities are all too visible in the toll COVID-19 is having on black, asian and minority ethnic communities in the UK but also in our local area of Newham. The peaceful Black Lives Matter protests are a positive step to achieving much-needed change and, as a school community, we would like to clearly state our support for the movement and everything that it stands for.
As Desmond Tutu said, "if you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not thank you for your neutrality."
We are proud that so many LAE students are deeply engaged and concerned about the plight of others, especially the oppressed and the marginalised. Fostering awareness and concern for others is an essential part of the values and ethos that as a school we seek to promote. We would like to thank LAE’s BAME student leadership network for their tireless work helping to raise awareness of BAME issues and recent events, both within the school and the wider community. A statement on behalf of LAE's BAME network can be accessed here.
Racism is not always overt and can take subtle forms that keep ethnic minorities out of the room or silence their voices. We know that tackling anti-racism will involve a dedication long-term in order to achieve equality and justice in practice.
As a multicultural school that is part of a global community, it is our duty to continue to develop and review the education we provide. As a school we therefore pledge to:
>Review our behaviours, curriculum and policies and put in place an action plan to proactively champion equality
>Continue to offer opportunities to listen to all members of our community
>Relentlessly show the respect and kindness which everyone deserves
>Create opportunities to work with all stakeholders to listen, learn and take action together to improve the life chances for all
>Commit to trying to ensure that our workforce reflects local diversity and that we maintain a supportive and inclusive working environment, which is free from discrimination or harassment
In this way we will begin to address the myriad consequences of systemic racism and prejudice in society and honour the memory of George Floyd (1973–2020).