Show Racism the Red Card (Scotland) Schools' Competition Update
(The report on the competition in England is available here)
You may be aware that in 2008/2009 we did not run our annual schools' competition in Scotland. The reason for this is that we believed it was important to take stock and conduct an independent evaluation of its impact. Thanks to the support of the Scottish Government this has now been completed. SRtRC is pleased to note that the evaluation demonstrated the success of the competition as a vehicle to tackle racism and its relevance to the Curriculum for Excellence.
Key findings included:
- Over 80,000 pupils have participated since 2003
- Almost one in five of Scotland’s schools have participated within 31 local authority areas
- The competition has been a highly successful component of Show Racism the Red Card’s anti-racism campaigning
- It works! There was universal agreement among teachers surveyed that the competition contributed significantly towards combating racism in schools
A full copy of the evaluation is available at: www.theredcardscotland.org/uploaded/schools_comp_evaluation.pdf
We now have in place a Steering Group to take forward the recommendations of the evaluation. The purpose of the Steering Group is to ensure that the competition expands and develops over the coming years. Partners include The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) and the Scottish Government. The SQA will now be responsible for all administration of the competition.
The formal launch of the new competition will take place at The Scottish Learning Festival on Thursday 24 September at the SECC in Glasgow. Full details will be available nearer the time from our website.
May we take this opportunity to thank all pupils and teachers who have participated in the competition over the years. Please continue to do so and for those who have not taken part please join the rest of us to send out a clear message that racism has no place in Scotland.