All’s equal during equalities week

Pupils at Horton Grange Primary School in Blyth with the Show Racism the Red Card team including Laura Pidcock and ex-footballer Oliver Bernard as part of their Equalities Week.

Pupils at Horton Grange Primary School in Blyth with the Show Racism the Red Card team including Laura Pidcock and ex-footballer Oliver Bernard as part of their Equalities Week.

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A FORMER footballer has been giving Blyth pupils tips on equality during a special week of events.

Staff and pupils at Horton Grange Primary School in the town have been taking part in an Equalities week where ex-NUFC star Olivier Bernard dropped in to help them learn about Show Racism the Red Card.

It is the second year the school has held the event, and saw pupils taking part in various workshops exploring various aspects of equality including race, disability, gender and ethnicity these included visits by Lawnmowers (a disabled acting group), Northumbria Police, and Show Racism the Red Card.

Laura Pidcock, anti-racism education worker from Show Racism the Red Card, said: “Iit is important to educate and prepare young people to understand racism and the dangers that can be brought with it, is fundamental to a good society.”

As well as spending time with Olivier Bernard, some of the Year 5 children took a trip to Collingwood, a special school which specialises in visual arts, to learn how to use recoding equipment to act as reporters during the week to put together a short film to present to the school’s assembly.

Deputy head teacher Nichola Irving said: “Throughout the week I have seen the children engage in thought provoking dialogue, challenge perceptions and changes in their viewpoint.

“The children that spoke at the regional conference were bursting with confidence and spoke with knowledge and clarity of about what they had learnt.”