Towards an Anti-Racist Classroom

Towards an Anti-Racist Classroom

Developed with significant contributions from young people at Pupil Power, our two-part online training for teachers and school staff is a first step to tackling the complex reality around racism. It explores how racism is deeply and systemically embedded in our societies and what action can be taken to counter it in schools. We begin by exploring the history of racism and how it continues to manifest in our world and go on to build resilience to hold uncomfortable but necessary conversations in order to take action.

Please note: These twilights are only an initial first step to a broader body of work schools would need to undertake to achieve change.  Their purpose is to trigger conversation and provoke action.

Part One: Teaching about Racism

In this twilight, teachers and school staff will gain insight into the history of racism and how it continues today. This session will enable teachers to:

  • Build understanding, skills and confidence to incorporate teaching about racism and its history in the classroom
  • Consider how racism continues to manifest in our children’s day to day lives
  • Explore activities that engage children in questions around racism, discrimination and what can be done to counter them
  • Receive a suite of handpicked adult-level resources and activities for the classroom
  • Receive a booklist of anti-racist literature for all ages from the Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service

Part Two: Anti-racism as part of your classroom DNA

In this twilight, teachers and school staff will explore how to build and sustain an anti-racist environment in the classroom and across the whole school. This session will enable teachers to:

  • Build resilience to handle the discomfort that may arise for self and/or children when holding conversations around race, with courage and care
  • Consider how to sustain an anti-racist environment in the classroom and across the school
  • Be better allies for their students and colleagues of colour in school
  • Explore a range of materials and resources on managing difficult conversations and racist incidents
  • Receive specially selected further guidance for self-led deeper exploration

Fees – Open courses:

  • Schools subscribed to the Tower Hamlets School Library Services, £50 for one teacher, £75 for two.
  • Non- subscribing schools: £100 for one teacher, £150 for two

Fees – Whole school training (capped at 20 attendees):

  • Schools subscribed to the Tower Hamlets School Library Services, £350
  • Non- subscribing schools: £500

Contact us about this training here.

(Photo credit: Scott Billings)