The North East Education Team supported Durham University as they delivered their annual Tackling Prejudice and Discrimination Conference for this year’s intake of trainee teachers, thanks to funding from the NASUWT.
On Friday 14th September, Durham University School of Education held their annual Tackling Prejudice and Discrimination Conference aimed at supporting trainee teachers to educate about issues of inequality through their work in the classroom.
Thanks to funding provided by partners the NASUWT, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) North East Education Team Manager James Kingett delivered an opening address to over 200 students and shared with them some of the experiences of education workers in the classroom and some of the attitudes expressed by young people taking part in the sessions throughout the North East.
The lecture also encouraged the participants to consider the impact of unconscious bias on the development of racism and inequality, as well as highlighting some of the challenges and opportunities for education created by structural and institutional racism and discrimination.
Following the opening lecture, the trainee teachers took part in a range of equality-themed workshops delivered by some of the UK’s leading educational organisations. UK Feminista worked with the trainees to explore issues around gender inequality, and workshops were also delivered by the brilliant Educate & Celebrate which focused on education around sexual orientation and gender identity, also delivered a series of workshops.
Mahshid Turner, Durham University Muslim Chaplain and Mark Lumsden, Durham Constabulary also lead sessions with the trainee teachers and the conference was closed with a lecture from Educate & Celebrate founder Dr Ellie Barnes MBE!
Show Racism the Red card would like to thank NASUWT North East for their generous funding which enabled the lecture and workshops to take place.