Anti-Racist Education Update: Community partners

This academic year, we have introduced an Anti-Racist approach at Oasis Academy Media City UK, focusing on; The Curriculum, Staff Training and CPD, Student Education, Community, and Leadership and Management. We simply could not have made the impact that we have had in this short time without these fantastic community partners.

Wisdom Against Racism

These sessions are focused on empowering our students and challenging and disarming racism to succeed in their education, careers, and personal lives.  The interventions were designed to provide a platform for kids of colour to have a safe space to discuss topics relating to race as well as including islamophobia, identity, and culture.

Recent sessions were focused on the current conflict in Palestine, providing a platform for our students to discuss issues through the lens of at it from the Israeli and Palestinian perspective with the aim of strengthening community cohesion.

https://www.wisdomagainstracism.com/

Migrant Leaders

The aim of this professional development programme is to support young 1st and 2nd generation migrants as well as all disadvantaged youths and to help them succeed in Britain. The programme is free and applicants are between 16 and 25 years old and they gain mentoring, workshops, work experiences and connections. Migrant Leaders now  has senior mentors from more than 95 FTSE100 and leading firms.

https://www.migrantleaders.org.uk/

Foresight in conjunction with The University of Manchester

Next academic term we have scheduled online sessions focused on empowering black-heritage students with the confidence, knowledge, and ability to successfully apply to the UK’s leading universities as a gateway to a more prosperous future. A special thanks to Catherine Millan for her continued support over the last five years.

https://www.withinsightedu.org/foresight

Football Beyond Borders

FBB supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who are passionate about football but disengaged at school, in order to help them finish school with the skills and grades to make a successful transition into adulthood. We do this by providing long-term, intensive support, built around relationships and young people’s passions, in the classroom and beyond.

Anne Frank Trust

Using Anne Frank’s life and diary as a starting point, we empower young people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to challenge all forms of prejudice and discrimination. In doing so, we partner with schools, local authorities, the criminal justice sector and others to deliver educational programmes alongside acclaimed exhibitions to young people in a variety of settings.

https://annefrank.org.uk/

Odd Arts

Odd Arts specialise in delivering theatre-based programmes that challenge and change attitudes and behaviours. In our case, improving community cohesion. They work with participants to devise theatre, from their own experiences as well as touring professional interactive theatre performances on challenging topics. This is all underpinned by: Restorative Approaches; Non-Violent Communication and Trauma Informed Approaches.

odd arts

Kids of Colour

A platform for young people of colour to explore race, identity and culture and challenge the everyday, institutionalised racism that shapes their lives. Used for Staff Training and student support.

https://kidsofcolour.com/

Leeds Beckett University

We have signed up to the Anti-Racist School Award is an assessment tool to evaluate current practices and initiatives within your school. It enables evaluation of the overall anti-racism support and strategies that exist within your school, whilst also helping to give structure to the development plan for any improvements.

https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/-/media/files/schools/school-of-education/anti-racist-award-a5-flyer-hires.pdf

 NEU Framework

This was the original framework that started us on our journey. Theme 4 focuses on recognising the emotional needs and development of pupils.

https://neu.org.uk/media/11236/view

Show Racism the Red Card

We have recently signed up to a 7 week online course that give access to a range of national speakers on specific subjects such as protected characteristics, Antisemitism, Islamophobia and Gipsy Roma Travellers.

https://www.theredcard.org/

Diverse Educators

Diverse Educators is a grassroots community that ensures that everyone is celebrated in every classroom in every school.

Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation

Provides opportunities for children and young people to have their voices heard, make the changes they would like to see and create a society that treats everyone with fairness and respect

stephenlawrenceday.org/

Anti-Racist Education Update: Curriculum Reviews

The Why

The National Curriculum is framed in an Anglo centric perspective, where victors and ‘pioneers’ have written the history and defined the narrative in all subjects. Consequently, this has resulted in the ‘racial erasure’, such as the whitewashing of atrocity and the elimination of non-white contributors within the curriculum. It is essential for schools to modernise the curriculum to reflect the global population of the school, this will eventually develop an inclusive ethos of learners understanding a range of different cultures in preparation of becoming Global Citizens.

Anti-Racist Curriculum Audit – History

We aim to implement an anti-racist and anti-oppressive approach by reviewing and implementing changes in our curriculum, through the lens of our Black and Global Majority student population. We were inspired by the NEU anti-racist framework https://neu.org.uk/media/11236/view which was used to ensure that the curriculum has broad and balanced representation.

Anti racist audit for the history curriculum

For example, this Scheme of Learning developed by the History curriculum leader @msmarshhistory1 to ensure that there is;

  • Increasing representation of events and individuals who are the ‘Global Majority
  • Move away from solely focusing on the history of white, Western Europeans with political power
  • Representation is not merely one of ‘historical oppression’ but diverse in its specific historic enquiry, highlighting role models
  • The work of social historians is at the forefront of more historical inquiries
  • The intersection between different characteristics e.g. class is recognised whilst acknowledging there is no hierarchy of oppression
  • Recognition that changing the content of the curriculum is not enough, staff must be racially literate in order to effectively deliver this curriculum in an anti-racist way.

Download below;

Anti-Racist Education Update: Help Scripts

Following the feedback from our staff anti-racism training, we have produced a ‘racism interrupters’ help script laminated into cards to fit into staff lanyards along with a ‘restorative conversations’ help script. The aim is to encourage and develop the confidence of staff to address any concerns relating to racism, in particular, suspected micro-aggressions within the classroom. Download an editable version below.

The Guardian 100 Inspiring teachers

I am delighted to announce that I have been shortlisted for the 100 inspiring Teachers campaign for The Guardian and @GuardianLabsUK partnering with the Get into Teaching (department of education). The article is now published, focused on positive Black representation in education and the Anti-Racist approach implemented within Oasis Community Learning, used to tackle institutionalised racism in and beyond our schools. See the full article below;

https://www.theguardian.com/100-teachers/2021/jan/22/black-and-asian-pupils-gravitated-towards-me-why-representation-in-the-classroom-matters?fbclid=IwAR3Jv01Rc_4F2mE45MVYW_l68abqHonEZEuIsLTcjq6hS9O9l2Jc2Yx1uIo