Arundhati Ghosal – What does it mean to be a Hindu in Bucks?: A personal account of being a parent, teacher and senior leader from a Hindu background.

About the Session

In her presentation, Arundhati will provide an extensive insight into what it means to a Hindu by sharing some of the challenges Hindu children and families face when they move to the UK, particularly within an educational setting here. She will discuss the cultural and religious nuances between India and the UK and provide valuable advice about how to effectively integrate and support Hindu children into your classroom. She will narrate her own personal story of being a Hindu and how growing up in a secular country like India has enabled her to understand and respect all different religions and beliefs.

About Arundhati

Arundhati is an Assistant Head at a large primary school and has been teaching there for the past fourteen years. After completing her GCSEs in India, she attended Atlantic College in Wales on a full scholarship. Arundhati then went on to read International Relations at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, USA as an undergraduate, followed by an MA in Political Science received from Calcutta University. She trained to become a Primary School teacher after her own children started school as a result of being drawn towards the school environment. Before obtaining her Qualified Teachers Status from Reading University, she always enjoyed being in the classroom as a parent volunteer. During her career, Arundhati has taught across Key Stage 1 & 2 year groups where she has been an active advocate for the “growth mind-set” approach to learning by encouraging her pupils to be resilient and to learn from their mistakes. She is keen to celebrate the diverse cultural backgrounds of the children she teaches, having herself introduced and organised a Diwali Evening which her school has held as a major event for several years. Outside of the classroom, her passions include cooking, practicing meditation and yoga.

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