Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) join forces with the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) to deliver specialist teacher training and an education event for young people.
Burnley F.C’s Turf Moor stadium was the venue for a special Show Racism the Red Card event delivered in partnership with the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. Teachers and educators from across the North West were invited to attend a series of workshops designed to help embed effective anti-racism work into the existing curriculum.
Over 20 teachers took the opportunity to review their own practices and learn from education workers with Show Racism the Red Card by taking part in two workshops; Educating against Racism and Recognising and Responding to Racist Incidents.
The Educating against Racism workshop is designed to introduce teachers to the concept of embedding best practice anti-racism strategies and activities via a whole school approach, helping them to reflect on the current practices within their workplace and encouraging them to develop an environment which supports diversity and cohesion.
The workshop utilises a number of Show Racism the Red Card activities to enable teachers to encourage open and safe discussions about racism within their classrooms and allows them to identify key issues and challenges.
Following a short break, attendees then took part in the Recognising and Responding to Racist Incidents workshop which helps highlight the need for recording racist incidents in a school environment and shares best practice on appropriate challenges and responses that do not label but ensure that the appropriate education can be provided.
The ATL’s President Alison Sherratt, who former opened the training conference, spoke glowingly about the success of the event saying “The event provided excellent CPD for members and I gained a great deal from the day too. It was thought provoking. I would recommend that wherever you are in the country you try to arrange this day for your members. It truly hits at racism where it hurts most!”
In the afternoon, young people from local schools arrived at the stadium to take part in a range of anti-racism activities, with teachers on hand to watch the morning’s theory being put into practice.
Pupils were taken through a workshop which explores the dangers of stereotyping and the influence of the media and were given a definition of racism to work with. The young people were challenged to examine their own world view and were encouraged to treat others with respect; challenging racist attitudes when they encountered them.
Following a screening of the Show Racism the Red Card education film, the young people were given the opportunity to pose questions on racism to a panel of special guests. Joining ATL president Alison Sherratt on the panel was former Chelsea and Southampton defender Ken Monkou, who spoke about the challenges of moving from his home in South America to Holland and of his experiences in English football, where he was the first black player to win the player of the year award with Chelsea.
Burnley F.C was represented by current midfield star Dave Jones, who gave up his time to talk to the young people about his experiences of racism and to encourage them to report racism whenever they encounter it.
Prizes were awarded for the best questions of the session, with all three panellists commenting on the high quality of the questions asked. The young people left with signed copies of the Show Racism the Red Card magazine as well as a match day programme provided by Burnley F.C.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank all of those involved in making the day so successful, especially Allison Sherratt and Laura Boyd of the ATL and Dave Jones and Steve Obertelli of Burnley F.C
Final thanks go to all of the teachers and young people who took part throughout the day.