Show Racism the Red Card delivered their biggest ever Trainee Teacher Conference on Tuesday 16th April at Swansea MET University.
The Show Racism The Red Card conference day at Swansea Metropolitan (UWTSD) was a great success, both in terms of student participation and in its effectiveness in equipping our beginning primary teachers to recognise, understand and address racism in their future careers. The team made a great impression on the students who enjoyed the lively sessions. The feedback we have had from the students has been very positive indeed and we will be inviting the Red Card team back again next year.
Ceri Osbourne - Senior Lecturer Swansea MET
Nestling on the slopes of the Cynon hills and overlooking the waters of the Mumbles it was a fantastic backdrop for a great day of empowerment and learning.
It was the first time that the SRTRC Education team have delivered to PGCE students in Swansea and the staggering attendance showed how vital many thought the training was for their future careers.
The day was fantastically received by trainee’s, who commented on how much they gained from the conference:
Show Racism the Red Card’ was the best lecture/day I’ve had in university’
‘Great providers, really interesting and informative.’
‘It gave me great resources.’
‘Brilliant! I feel much more prepared to deal with this very real problem that will inevitably crop up.’
First up was an introduction to the day, delivered by Welsh Education Manager Simon Richards. It was a session that looked at the legal definitions of racism and racist incidents, steps to take to deal with issues and aimed to ensure that the trainees felt comfortable asking questions and fully engaging in workshops.
Then students took part in a terminology workshop, led by Education Worker Chris Stokes, that aimed to improve the trainee’s understanding of racial language and to widen their knowledge of acceptable / unacceptable words. The session also looked into the reasons why certain words are unacceptable by going back into the history of their use and the links to pain and suffering that exist.
Next was a chance for the Trainee’s to try their hand at some of the activities that the SRTRC Wales Education team use in schools. They were also shown the different Powerpoints that our team use and given tips on how to deliver an excellent anti-racism session with young people in the resources Workshop.
Finally there was a chance for Trainees to use all of the knowledge they had gained over the day during a drama workshop delivered by Theatre Forum Cymru. The TIE group showcased some real life racist scenarios and the trainees were asked to step in at certain points and deal with the issues. This was a great way for Trainees to try out different approaches in a safe environment.
For more information about our teacher training contact our Welsh Education Manager:
02920 351 616