Irena Barker

How to include pupils of all faiths at Christmas

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Despite media reports to the contrary, schools with diverse populations rarely ‘cancel’ festivities at this time of year – but they do need to carefully consider different students’ needs and ensure that children of all faiths feel included, finds Irena Barker

How to include pupils of all faiths at Christmas

It’s around this time of year that news reports start appearing about schools “cancelling Christmas” in an effort not to offend minority groups. It’s as much an annual event as putting up the tree or turning on the Christmas lights. And while the pandemic will certainly have curtailed school celebrations this year, the likelihood is that these stories will still bubble up, which is unfortunate, as they are almost always a misinterpretation of what is actually happening in a school or, often, an outright falsehood.

It’s rare that “cancelling Christmas” actually happens in a school, says ...

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