The Education teams in England worked to collectively deliver a series of informative, creative workshops and events during May 2019.
64 hours of workshop activities, excluding assemblies and fun fitness sessions
1248 young people participated
12 Primary schools
1 Secondary school
The North East team has again had a busy month. During May, we have delivered 21 workshops into 9 schools reaching 478 pupils. Quotes from pupils highlight the positive impact they have had on those attending:
“I liked how we were able to learn a lot of things about which words are racist and not and also a lot of stories about what people have had to go through to help me understand how shocking racism really is”
“I loved your passion to help people who are getting bullied because they are different”
“The relationship the facilitator built with the children from the very beginning of the workshop was brilliant and resulted in some very valuable interactions”
“The facilitator was superb with the children and conversation flowed freely and without confusion”
At the beginning of the month, Patrick from the team delivered workshops at two youth clubs in Middlesbrough reaching 54 young people. On Wednesday 1 May, he delivered 3 small group workshops at Breckon Hill and on Thursday 2 May, a discussion with young people attending Newport Youth Club took place and was led by ex-player and Middlesbrough First team coach, Curtis Fleming.
On Tuesday 7 May, members of the team supported our Campaign team colleagues at another successful club event at Newcastle United. Over 100 pupils from a number of schools attended and took part in Hate Crime workshops and a Question and Answer session with a panel which included Newcastle United Women’s goalkeeper, Michaela Raine, former NUFC players and SRtRC patrons, John Anderson, Olivier Bernard & Steve Howey and Cllr Peter Earley, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Learning at North Tyneside Council.
This month saw the start of the SEA (School Equality Ambassadors') project, a new project funded from the Home Office: Building Stronger Britain Together programme. The aim is around preventing/educating about Far Right extremism through a targeted 4 week anti-racism course looking at racism’s roots and causes, through to educating about Hate Crime and finally educating about extremist groups and behaviour. We have completed the first block of training with pupils at Churchill Community College in Wallsend and are in the middle of sessions for pupils at Portland College in Sunderland. Initial feedback has been very positive:
“Lovely presenters! The sessions were well presented and thorough. The presenters were very professional and spoke to the students in a way that they could easily understand. The students responded well and answered questions, as well as getting involved in discussion. It is hoped that now, these students, have a wider view of diversity and are more aware of how flippant, racist remarks and taunts can hurt and potentially harm others.”
The North East Education team were involved in organising a Regional Premiere of the Education Film on Thursday 23 May held at Newcastle Civic Centre. More than 70 attendees enjoyed a screening of the film, speakers including Laura Pidcock, Member of Parliament for North West Durham and Shadow Minister of Labour and Clare Williams, Regional Secretary, UNISON Northern and a panel Q and A with Show Racism the Red Card's Young Ambassador, Isra Mohammed; ex-players and supporters Kevin Ball and Steve Howey and our own Justine King. Special thanks to Habib Rahman for both speaking at the event and for the support in providing us with such a good venue for the event and congratulations on being appointed as Newcastle’s Sheriff, the first British Muslim to hold the position. Pupils and teachers from two schools, St Bede's in Peterlee and St Joseph's in Hebburn were also in attendance and went away with bags full of SRtRC goodies.
Justine King, our Education Co-ordinator in the North East also appeared on the Drivetime Show on Fast FM at the end of May to talk about various issues around racism and how to educate against it.
The south regional team visited a total of 6 schools during May. We delivered 3 lots of carousel type workshops reaching a total of 450 students. 3 schools received 11 workshops which amounts to 22 hours. One secondary schools received two assemblies for 320 pupils. The team also assisted at the Charity Football event held at Chelsea FC and hosted a successful City Hall Showcase event in London. We also supported a KickOff 3 event at Thurrock.
Quotes from Schools:
We booked SRtRC for assemblies for 320 pupils. We were impressed by the professionalism of the educator and the pupils gained much insight into the issues surrounding racism. The pupils and staff have asked for workshops which we are looking into.
Another excellent day with Show Racism the Red Card. The staff and pupils wanted to say a very big Thank You for creating such an open and comfortable space for such a difficult subject. We hope you enjoyed the artwork the children completed on the day.
Charterhouse Square School
This is the 3rd year we booked your workshops and again you have not disappointed. Looking forward to next academic year.