Show Racism the Red Card and the National Union of Teachers will be launching a new research document in July. Read on for your invitation.
Show Racism the Red Card and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) invite you to attend the launch of Show Racism the Red Card's brand new research:
The Barriers to Tackling Racism and Promoting Equality in Schools
Monday 4th July
NUT Headquarters, 6pm including drinks reception.
Guest speakers include NUT General Secretary, Christine Blower; Marcus Bhargava from London Metropolitan University and former professional footballers Leroy Rosenior and Luther Blissett. Full Agenda.
Please read on for a Summary of the research including Key Findings and Recommendations.
Research: The Barriers to Tackling Racism and Promoting Equality in Schools
Over the past 18 months Show Racism the Red Card has been conducting research to investigate issues of racism and inequality in the education system and to identify the barriers to tackling racism and promoting equality in schools. A mixed method approach was adopted; interviews were carried out with people working within the education system across four different geographical areas. These were triangulated with a quantitative questionnaire distributed to teachers across the country. Evidence was also gathered through observation and journals which recorded the responses of young people and teachers engaging in anti-racism education.
Racism is still a significant issue in England’s schools. 83% of questionnaire respondents had witnessed racist behaviour amongst their pupils and many felt there were strong racist attitudes amongst their pupil cohort.
Intentional and unintentional racist behaviour was also evidenced amongst some teachers, from the use of racist terminology and jokes to teachers having lower expectations of pupils from black, Asian or other minority ethnic groups.
There is a significant lack of training for teachers in this area. 39% of teachers who responded had never received training in tackling racism or promoting equality. Of those who had, most felt the training was cursory and that they felt ill-equipped to promote equality and tackle racism in the classroom
Many teachers are unaware of how to recognise and deal with racist incidents when they arise, with many respondents saying that they would not like to step in if it was “unintentional”, “the first time it had happened” or there was no clear target or victim.
Training which provides teachers with a thorough understanding of how to tackle racism and promote equality needs to be an integral part of initial teacher training. If training is not provided, then it is unreasonable to expect that teachers will be able to deal with these issues in the classroom.
Pupils need to be provided with safe spaces to express their views and openly discuss and reflect on issues of ethnicity and racism, so that they have an opportunity to learn about difference, dispel misinformation and create school environments where pupils value diversity and difference and every pupil feels safe and able to achieve.
Ultimately the government needs to adopt policy which is underpinned by social justice and does not allow negative, false media discourse to dominate public and media debate.