Race and Diversity Hub
Urgent action is needed to address widespread stereotyping, discrimination and the fear and violence caused by racism.
Racism will not be addressed without positive action and we need to talk openly and candidly about racism and the social division and harmful stereotyping it creates for our BAME colleagues and students.
Our trust’s underpinning value of ‘community’ reflects our commitment to embracing and celebrating diversity in all that we do. Fundamental to our work as a teaching school is deep collaboration; we draw strength by genuinely working together.
On 25th May, 2020, an African-American man named George Floyd, died in Minneapolis, USA. He was handcuffed and lying face down on the street during an arrest by four police officers. We condemn acts of violence and hate crimes perpetrated against people from the black and minority ethnic communities and we are committed as a teaching school to working together to tackle racism closer to home. We know many children and young people in our schools have seen the footage in the media and are asking why this man had to die. Our children and young people from all ethnic groups will already have named this killing as an act of racism.
These events and questions reach our classrooms. What do we do about this? We have to be prepared to talk about the difficult subjects and we want you to feel confident with these topics. The responsibility to educate is one for us all – individually and collectively. This includes exploring and understanding our own standpoints We have therefore arranged some staff training and put together this publication signposting to useful articles. These issues have sadly been in our society for a long time; they are not new but we need to do better and we need to do more to educate so that we can tackle views and actions which are harmful to the values we hold so closely.
Our future plans as a teaching school include work with the Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality (CRED). CRED is part of Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University and Lisa Fathers is delighted to have been approved as a Professional Associate of the Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality (CRED). CRED and was established to undertake research related to race and racism in education. You can read more about how The Alliance for Learning will be working with CRED here: ADD LINK TO BLOG. Also we work closely with the Chartered College and they have pledged to be a more active ally to colleagues within our Black, Asian and Minority ethnic communities. We are working with our partners to ensure we continue to encourage more aspirant BAME leaders onto our training and in our SLE team. We are fully committed to reviewing our work in Initial Teacher Training to build more work in on anti-racist strategies and also to encourage more diversity in the teaching profession through our teacher recruitment. We are also working to ensure our CPD offer addresses diversity and anti-racism in our work.
We are deeply committed to increasing awareness of the issues around racial and cultural diversity in education.
Please view the links to the left for resources and training which we hope you will find useful.