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Anti-racism resource hub: how to work towards racial justice in your school
Anti-racism in schools has always been important, but it has taken on a new sense of urgency since the death of George Floyd in the US and the Black Lives Matter protests around the world.
Use the resources below to take meaningful action in your school to address racism.
Please do share these resources with friends and colleagues in other schools - we've made them freely available.
How do we tackle racism proactively across our school?
- Use our whole-school anti-racism audit tool to reflect on how inclusive your school is now and take your first steps towards making improvements
- If your community is resistant, or not very diverse, find out how to get staff and parents on board
- Set up a working group of staff and parents to inform and improve your approach
When you've done this groundwork ...
1. Use our action planning template to set meaningful objectives that will help you improve the experiences of black, Asian and minority ethnic staff, pupils and parents in your school
2. Use the resources below to:
- Create an anti-racist curriculum, by re-framing your existing curriculum to reflect and celebrate diversity all year round
- Make your HR practices more inclusive, including how you recruit and develop your staff
How do we create an anti-racist curriculum?
- Use our curriculum review tools (primary/secondary) to re-frame your curriculum and embed diversity in your curriculum
- Share our reading lists for staff, so your team fully understands the issues
- Improve diversity in children’s books in your school library and classrooms
- Find out how to provide pupils with ‘cultural capital’ that values diversity and celebrates all cultures
How do we make our HR practices more inclusive?
- Learn how to use data to make your staff recruitment and development more inclusive
Although 'anti-racism' as a term is used in a range of ways, we use it in our resources to mean "the policy or practice of opposing racism and promoting racial equality".
We use 'BAME' (black, Asian or minority ethnic) throughout these articles as a succinct way to refer to the many ethnic minority groups in England. However, we recognise that some people aren’t comfortable with this term.
When talking about this topic in your school we'd encourage you to think about what will work best in your own context (other widely used terms include "ethnic minorities" and "people of colour"). Individuals should always be referred to according to their own ethnicity, rather than grouped in this way.
These articles refer to diversity in relation to race. You can, and should, apply similar principles to improve diversity terms of gender, disability and sexual orientation.A note on terminology