This site began with the ideas of a working group of practitioners, Education Scotland, CRER (Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights) and BEMIS Scotland (Empowering Scotland’s Ethnic and Cultural Minority Communities) in response to the Scottish Government’s Race Equality Framework for Scotland.  Education Scotland then led the development of this document with contributions from CRER and BEMIS. A range of stakeholders, many of whom are members of the Scottish Government’s Race Equality and Anti-Racism in Education Programme, then contributed to the work through focus groups with young people, the sharing of research and invaluable feedback on the developing materials.

We would like to thank all those who have contributed to the development of these materials.

 

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills

This image shows the the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills looking at the camera and smiling. Over the last eighteen months, global events have shone a powerful light on the deep inequalities in our society which disproportionately affect Minority Ethnic groups. We must now grasp this opportunity to fully understand the issues at hand and to be bold and innovative in effecting meaningful and sustainable change. Addressing these issues is of critical importance, not only to allow Minority Ethnic young people a sense of belonging, but in order that all our children and young people have the opportunity to become the types of citizens that we want to have in a diverse and integrated Scotland for the future. Tackling these issues is difficult. It needs us all to become comfortable with discomfort and with challenging and relearning some of our usual ways of thinking and doing things.

Our schools and our Curriculum seek to promote and inspire a sense of belonging, inclusion and social justice for learners, practitioners and the wider community. Racism of any form has no place in Scotland, and our education system provides an opportunity for the learning, debate and leadership that will help us to eradicate racism in wider society.

This new guidance sets out the imperative of embedding anti-racism into the ethos and practice of our education system. Developed by Education Scotland in collaboration with a range of young people, education practitioners and organisations with lived experience of racism and expertise in addressing it, this resource provides vital information, guidance and support for practitioners and policymakers.

I welcome this new resource and its ambitions and look forward to continuing to work with young people, practitioners and the wider education and anti racism community as we tackle the challenges and opportunities ahead together.

Shirley-Anne Somerville

 

HM Chief Inspector and Chief Executive

This image shows the HM Chief Inspector and Chief Executive looking at the camera and smiling.All learners have a right to learn in an equitable environment where all cultures, religions, identities and languages are recognised and valued and where the curriculum responds positively to the diverse needs of individual learners, reflecting the uniqueness of their communities. I am therefore delighted to commend this resource on Promoting and Developing Race Equality and Anti-Racist Education. Research tells us that for many of our children and young people, racism is an everyday part of their lives.

The resource makes clear that anti-racism in education is for all learners, whether living in one of Scotland’s cities or in a small rural community. Anti racist education is set in a rights-based context, supporting learner agency. We are encouraged to reflect on our roles and responsibilities as educators in supporting our children and young people to become confident in recognising racism in its various forms, and ready to challenge it, as agents for societal change.

The associated website currently under construction will provide a valuable forum to showcase curricular resources which support a whole school approach, for ages 3-18, embedding anti-racist education across the curriculum. It will provide exemplars of good practice, bringing alive the values of social justice and equality of which we are proud in our Scottish education system. Together we will show that Scotland’s educators are committed to ensuring that learners of all ages benefit from a whole school approach to anti-racist education.
Gayle Gorman