After a long and productive school year, which saw the SRTRC Wales team deliver over 200 workshops to 17,000 young people, representatives from all the SRTRC UK offices were invited to travel down to the capital for some in house training.
“The partnership between NUT Cymru and Show Racism the Red Card has gone from strength to strength with regards to the Initial Teacher Training Conferences in Wales. It was great to see Education Workers from the offices in England and Scotland come together in Cardiff to see what makes our visits to the Universities a success. It was also a great opportunity for all the education teams to share ideas so that the future conferences, both in Wales and across the border, can be as, if not more, successful and that our partnership can continue to flourish.”
Stuart Williams, NUT Cymru, Chair of SRTRC Wales Advisory Commitee
The training was based on the Wales module for the ITT (Initial Teacher Training) program that is delivered in partnership with the NUT. Show Racism the Red Card Wales now deliver in every ITT University provider in Wales and provide training to over 800 newly qualified primary and secondary teachers each year.
After great success and some fantastic feedback from both students and NUT staff, it was recommended that the model be replicated and delivered to ITT providers in the rest of the UK.
The day itself was held at Sports Wales at Sophia Gardens. Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank Sports Wales and Tom Overton, who sits on the advisory committee for the Welsh team, for providing the facilities for us to deliver our training.
The day was delivered by Ian Simpson, Education Manager and Chris Stokes, Education Worker. Ian and Chris were joined by staff from the London Office, Scottish Office and Head Office in Newcastle, former Professional Footballers, Osei Sankofa and Steven Kabba (sessional coaches for London office), Richard Offiong (sessional coach for North East office) and Tajinder Gill and Stuart Williams and who represented the NUT and NUT Cymru respectively.
The day was split into four workshops. Workshop one served as an introduction whereby the team introduce, who they are, what they do and begin to unravel what racism is, how deep prejudices have an impact on the way we see and do things, how to define a racist incident and how to deal with racist incidents in a school environment.
Workshop two was based on anti-racism resources that can be used in school. These resources are a great way to start anything from a conversation to a full topic of work.
Workshop three encouraged discussion surrounding terminology. This session allows students get to grips with correct terminology and more importantly the history behind negative terms that they may hear in their school so they have the tools to deal with them.
The final workshop is based on school scenarios. We give groups of trainee teachers scenario’s that we have linked to real life situations and asked the teachers to discuss;
· Immediate action
· Long term action
· Would they report it to their line manager/head teacher
· Red flags (Things you would never do)
The day itself was a huge success and provoked some great discussion based on the highly successful work already delivered in Wales and ways in which this can be further improved.
The Wales team look forward to seeing their module replicated in ITT providers across the UK and hope to continue their strong partnership with the NUT.