Show Racism the Red Card aim to break even more records with their ITT (Initial Teacher Training) Conferences.
"NUT Cymru are proud of the relationship that we have with Show Racism the Red Card here in Wales. The training they provide the teachers of tomorrow during their conferences at the universities is invaluable to them and gives them the resources, and the confidence, to educate the young people of Wales on the reasons why racism cannot be tolerated and the negative effects it has on people’s lives. I have no doubt that our relationship will continue to strengthen so that every single student teacher in Wales benefits from the essential training on offer from a dedicated team of professionals."
Stuart Williams, NUT Cymru
In 2013/14 Show Racism the Red Card Wales visited all 6 of the Universities that deliver PGCE and GTP programs in Wales, educating over 500 student teachers about how to deal with racism in their classrooms. With every conference the Wales team deliver, they collate feedback from a questionnaire they hand out to all students.
Studies from Aberystwyth University have shown that before our training only 45% felt confident delivering a lesson about racism and only 25% felt comfortable dealing with a racist incident in school. After the training the percentages increased dramatically with 98% feeling confident about delivering a lesson about racism and 98% feeling comfortable dealing with a racist incident. This goes to show that the training the Wales team deliver is not only successful, but equips young teachers with the confidence to tackle racism head on in their schools.
This year the team will again aim to visit every ITT provider in Wales educating over 800 final year students who are about to embark on a journey that will see them be a huge role model to young people and play a big part in shaping them to be the best they can be through education.
The Wales team start the program at the University of South Wales, heading to their Caerleon Campus to educate over fifty PGCE students. The team have a strong relationship with the University and this will be the fourth time the team meet their PGCE students.
All of the training would not be possible without the help and support of NUT Cymru (National Union of Teachers). The teaching union have been a vital part of the progress Show Racism the Red Card have made educating the teachers of tomorrow about dealing with racism in schools. The campaign will also partner the union for several of the conferences to deliver a joint conference where NUT Cymru will be educating the teachers on some very important aspects of teaching and also the “perils of social media”.