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Education is a powerful tool. One that can be used to create both permanent and positive changes. We believe that by teaching children to explore identity, celebrate diversity, promote community and champion equality, we just might be able to put an end to racism once and for all.
As adults and educators, it is our duty to provide the young people around us with reliable information about current affairs and educate them on the continued fight against racism. To help you do this, we’ve put together a list of resources that will help to support your teaching and talk about challenging issues like racism and inequality.
Twinkl has some great free resources available online aimed at children in KS1 and KS2. The resources include a very inclusive cast of characters. Twinkl’s ‘We Are All Different’ series aims to explore what diversity is as well as why it’s important, while their Black History Month series celebrates influential black people in society. You can also find kid-friendly resources for discussing the Black Lives Matter movement and tips on how to approach sensitive subjects like this.
Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s leading anti-racism charity who deliver workshops in schools around the country. They also offer online training to teachers too! Their brand new Anti-Racism Education Pack is available now for just £20 and features a range of downloadable resources for use at home and in the classroom, including planning documents, and a video featuring Gareth Southgate and several members of the England World Cup 2018 squad. However, there’s also a bunch of free resources available too so you which focus on issues like Islamophobia, combating the myths against Asylum Seekers and the dangers of far-right extremism.
The Red Cross has put together resources to help secondary school teachers and parents to create a safe space for young people to openly ask questions and discuss race called Talking With Young People About Race and Racism. Not only does the free document give advice on how to do this, but it also suggests activities that can be used in the classroom or at home to cement learning. Further to this they also provide a session plan on the Black Lives Matter movement which explores the news and encourages young people to reflect on people’s stories and experiences.
The Anti-Racist Educator is a collective of educational stakeholders (including students, teachers, parents, academics and activists) working toward building an education system that is equal and free from injustice. They offer some great resources for older students such as their ‘White Privilege Test’. The collective has also recorded a number of podcasts that discuss everything from curriculum to intuitional racism in schools.
Of course, these are just a few examples of the resources out there. There are plenty more where they can from. If you have any that you’ve used yourself that you think others may find useful, feel free to share them in the comments below.