My name is Sally Cooper and I’m a teacher at Field Lane Primary School in Batley, West Yorkshire. You might have heard about Batley – more recently for the wrong reasons. A year ago our MP, Jo Cox, was murdered. This left both our children and parents in a state of shock and disbelieve. But out of this came a determination to not let this act of hate split our community.
We wanted to send a strong message to the rest of the world that even though we might look different, wear different clothes and follow different religions, to quote Jo Cox: “We have far more in common than that which divides us.” We are committed to celebrating diversity as we know this will make us stronger and more connected.
Working with Mosaic helps us to deliver this vision. I immediately realised that the Primary School Programme would help our children to grow in confidence and be inspired to achieve their potential. Mosaic is now a non-negotiable feature for all Year 6 pupils and their parents.
What makes the Mosaic sessions so incredible are the mentors, who have very inspiring and interesting stories to tell. They talk about their childhoods and lives since leaving school, which I know is not always easy. Teaching is my job and passion, but for some of the mentors trying to engage with 30 ten-year-olds is a daunting prospect. But they connect with our children and parents giving a personal and often emotional view into their lives.
Our children and parents, through listening to the amazing mentors, have been given an incredible insight into other people’s lives, from different backgrounds and religions to their own. Mosaic’s programme helps break down barriers, not just by inspiring young people, and boosting their can-do-attitude, but also breaking the barriers of ignorance and fear that exist when different communities do not connect.
The highlight of the Mosaic programme is the graduation ceremony at a University. To show them around and watch as they relax and feel reassured that their children would be safe and welcomed is a real privilege.
Most of the parents commented that before the visit, they did not feel confident in discussing Universities with their children. Many worried about sending their children to University as they did not understand what they were like, but now this is something they will encourage their children to do. We have Mosaic to thank for opening these doors – which will allow our children to achieve success in the future.
Each session is infused with excitement and joy as our parents and children work with the mentors. Mosaic has developed an exceptional programme that it should be very proud of. Field Lane School believes that working with Mosaic equips our children with the skills to overcome difficulties and barriers, allowing them to achieve their full potential.