First of our training days held for the new Academic Year
Student teachers at the University of Wales, Newport took part in a special day of training to prepare them for how to deal with any racist incidents they may encounter when they are in schools on Tuesday 14th February.
The conference was held at the Caerleon campus of Art, Sport and Education and delivered to over 50 of the Secondary PGCE course. Teachers of Tomorrow; Dealing with the Realities of Racism, in association with NUT Cymru, gives the students vital information and practical advice that would not usually be covered in their day-to-day training.
Students took part in a series of workshops throughout the day run by Simon Richards, Education Coordinator, Christian Roberts, former professional footballer who played for Cardiff City and Bristol City, they were supported by the rest of the SRTRC team and a Theatre company, Is it, a dynamic theatre-in-education company based in South Wales.
The day was a big success and run on a carousel of workshops
· How to use your Racism the Red Card resources in the classroom
· Terminology—What is acceptable and how you can talk to young people about it
· It is? Theatre Company – providing multi-media productions on relevant issues children face in society
Throughout the day, there were a lot of positive debates regarding terms that are currently being used and should be used, as well as the do’s and don’ts of dealing with racist incidents in school.
Stuart Williams from NUT Cymru added "It is vitally important that teachers are fully equipt with the necessary tools in order to deal with any potentially racist incidents in their schools and Show Racism the Red Card have today given the teachers of tomorrow these tools. Pupils will always look up to their teachers and look at them as role models, so how they deal with matters and the language they use with their pupils when educating with them has to be appropriate. This day has given them essential information which they will find to be invaluable."
During lunch trainee teachers were invited to enjoy a selection of home made delicacies from around the world including samosas, bhaji’s and a number of rice dishes. During this time, the trainee teachers were also invited to talk to representatives from both Show Racism the Red Card and NUT Cymru.
The final part of the day brought all the students together to watch multi-media anti-bullying production based on a true story entitled; Why don’t you weep?
This production had a very strong message towards bullying which of course can be racially fuelled. The actresses were superb throughout and their activity really brought home the realities of bullying and the impact of it.
At the end of the conference feedback forms were handed out to all students and we found a majority of positive feedback was received from the students who also took great pleasure in the resources packs that were provided for everyone to integrate into their own classrooms.