The 2013/14 academic year is going to be another landmark year for the Show Racism the Red Card Wales campaign as they visit every teacher training provider in Wales
The 2013/14 academic year is going to be another landmark year for the Show Racism the Red Card Wales campaign as they visit every teacher training provider in Wales. This year will see the campaign educate over 800 trainee teachers about dealing with racist incidents in their classrooms.
The training, which is in partnership and being funded by the NUT, has come at a crucial time for trainee teachers as racist bullying is on the increase in schools across the UK. More than 1,400 children and young people contacted ChildLine for counselling about racist bullying in 2013, up 69 per cent on the previous 12 months. Islamophobia is a particular issue in schools, according to the charity, with young Muslims reporting that they are being called “terrorists” and “bombers” by classmates.
This has been seen first-hand by our team. Every school we visit we send pre analysis forms to be completed by young people and after our sessions the schools complete a post analysis form. One of the questions on our form is “What are the first three things you think of when you hear Muslim?” we sent this into a Cardiff school and the three most popular answers were “terrorist” “bomber” and “9/11” Cardiff Council have since ended their funding to support the campaign.
The dates of this year’s Teacher Training Conferences are listed below.
- University of South Wales, Newport PGCE – Friday 12th September
- Swansea Metropolitan University PGCE – Thursday 13th & Friday 14th February
- Cardiff Metropolitan University PGCE – Friday 21st February
- University of Wales Trinity St David BA Ed – Monday 24th & Tuesday 25th March
- Swansea Metropolitan University PGCE – Wednesday 26th & Thurs 27th March
- Newport Campus BA Ed – Wednesday 2nd April
- Bangor University PGCE Secondary – Monday 2nd April
- Aberystwyth University – Friday 20th June