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STUDENT teachers at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) recently 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.
The PGCE Secondary Conference, 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.
The day-long event was organised and run by Show Racism the Red Card, a non-profit charity who produce educational resources and run workshops with primary and secondary trainee teachers, as well as visit schools to get their message across.
Simon Richards, who qualified as a teacher in 2007, and is now Education Co-ordinator at Show Racism the Red Card, said: “Show Racism the Red Card were delighted to work with UWIC with the aim of empowering student teachers with the tools needed to deal with racism in the classroom. The day was a great success and we hope we have improved their confidence when dealing with this complex issue.”
Students took part in a series of workshops throughout the day run by Simon Richards; Jo Bowers, senior lecturer in Primary Language at UWIC; Christian Roberts, former professional footballer who played for Cardiff City and Bristol City, Jason Webber, Show Racism the Red Cards’ Campaign Officer; Theatr Fforwm Cymru (ThFfC), an educational charity based in Goodwick, Pembrokeshire.
UWIC lecturer Marian Sweet said: “This event provided a unique opportunity for our students to consider and reflect on racism issues which can arise at any time in their classrooms. They have also benefitted from a wealth of free bilingual resources which will be of great use to them in their lessons in the future.”
All images have been supplied from Sarah Huckson, UWIC