SRtRC launched its brand new and exciting resources for schools at the Senedd, Cardiff Bay
Research the campaign has carried out shows the lack of knowledge and confidence from teachers when dealing with a racist incident in their school. Many teachers have said they want to embed anti-racism in their classroom, but do not know how to do it if they are teaching a lesson on numeracy, for example. This resource has been developed so teachers can use it as a reactive tool if an incident occurs, or as a way of embedding anti-racism throughout the year in line with their school curriculum.
Ian Simpson, Education Manager
On Monday 22nd June 2015 STtRC launched two new exciting resources for Schools at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay – the One Goal/Un Gôl wall hanger resource for Primary Schools and the GRT Toolkit for teachers to support Gypsy, Roma & Traveller children. Both projects have been funded by the Welsh Government and will be officially available to schools in the next academic year.
The launch included special guest speakers; the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates AM and Martine Coles from the Vale of Glamorgan Council who spoke very passionately about the work the campaign carries out in schools across Wales.
A large number of guests attended the launch from a number of educational establishments and organisations. Laura Pidcock and Tina Simbo from SRtRC presented the GRT Toolkit for schools, which is an online resource for both Primary and Secondary teachers. SRtRC were commissioned by the Welsh Government to produce the resource in response their recognition that attendance and achievement is significantly below the national average for GRT groups. The resource will support teachers and schools to provide a relevant, appropriate, enjoyable and inclusive school experience for GRT pupils.
Laura said "It was an incredibly exciting and challenging process to create this toolkit. It was our intention that the toolkit is informative, challenging, and easy to read and the ideas realistic to implement. We hope that it contributes to better and more equal environments for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children."
Ian Simpson, Education Manager for Wales then gave a presentation on the One Goal/Un Gôl resource for schools. Every Primary school in Wales will receive a FREE wall hanger, a supportive tool that has been developed by SRtRC for teachers. This bilingual resource has been designed to hang in the staff room so it can be used by multiple teachers throughout the year. Each booklet features a different subject that includes two activities, plus a further work section so teachers can continue to embed anti-racism in their classroom. The wall hanger also includes a terminology leaflet that details the origins of acceptable and unacceptable words and a step-by-step guide to reporting racism to help direct teachers to take positive action if a racist incident occurs in their classroom/school.
The event was closed by Campaign Manager Sunil Patel who thanked everyone involved in producing the resources. Sunil encouraged schools and teachers across Wales to embrace both resources and to continue supporting all young people regardless of their backgrounds.
You can watch the full video from this launch by clicking HERE