The Education teams in England worked to collectively deliver a series of informative, creative workshops and events during June 2019.
178 hours of workshop activities, excluding assemblies and fun fitness sessions
2785 young people participated
22 Primary schools
The North East team has had another busy month during June. This included delivering 58 workshops into 16 schools reaching 1,630 pupils.
The following are quotes from pupils who have attended recent sessions:
"I liked your workshop because it made me understand the meaning of some words I didn't know were good or bad"
"It helped me to understand racism on a new level. Thank you"
Teacher quotes include the following:
"The trainer was great! Very engaging. She had a calming and positive influence on the children. They felt confident to ask any questions they had, however taboo they may have thought they were prior to the session"
"I felt the traffic light activity gave children a good understanding as to the reasons why they are unacceptable. I felt the session was very proactive rather than reactive to racism"
We have continued to deliver sessions to pupils as part of our 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 are currently nearing the end of delivering sessions to pupils at Marden High in North Tyneside and are also continuing to deliver sessions with pupils at Portland College in Sunderland.
At the end of June, we were invited to take part in a "Superheroes Event" organised by Durham PCC at Locomotion in Shildon celebrating local superheroes. 5,000 people attended this fantastic event where we had an information stall to discuss the work we offer and share posters, goodies and resources. In June, a member of our team also delivered a bespoke 30 minute anti-racism workshop with two young people in a therapeutic children's home, focusing on terminology. These two very different engagements demonstrate how varied our work is in reaching people with these important messages.
Members of our team also attended North Tyneside PSHE Leads & PE Leads meetings and a meeting for Head Teachers in South Tyneside to again raise awareness of the organisation, give information about the range of work we do and promote how our workshops can spread anti-racism education to pupils and staff in schools across these areas.
During June, our team also delivered 5 adult training sessions reaching 146 individuals at events such as the National Education Union (NEU) conference in Newcastle, workshops for Unison branch members in South Tyneside and Newcastle and with members of Citizens UK.
Our South East educators visited a total of 8 schools during the month of June. By doing so they delivered 31 workshops which came to 57 hours of school work. 930 pupils were reached this way, plus an assembly for 225 pupils.
On the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th June, Steve and Martina covered the GMB Conference at Brighton (4 days) with a fringe meeting attended by 120 delegates. SRtRC Vice President Leroy Rosenior MBE gave a speech at the main conference.
On Monday 24th June, Steve spoke at the Unite the Union conference fringe meeting in front of 100 delegates, with Simone Pound and Terry Angus of the PFA
Steve also gave a one hour presentation to 85 delegates at the Udsaw Conference held in Portsmouth on Saturday 29th June.
Just wanted to say thank you for the assembly today! The children were really interacting with Clint and lots of questions raised.
Some excellent messages were given to support children in developing positive attitudes around diversity and help raise their understanding about the issues around racism.
Such a valuable workshop which I would recommend to all schools.
“Obviously extremely important subject matter and it was delivered in a very sensitive and open way. I was particularly impressed with how well the speaker dealt with questions and made the children feel comfortable enough to ask things. It was a lovely, open atmosphere and some wonderful discussions came out as a result. All very thought provoking and I think the children got a lot out of it. “