Our Responses to National Issues
Black Lives Matter Movement
Our belief that every young person, through access to a great education, should be able to realise their potential, regardless of where they live or their circumstances. We deplore the murder of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Manuel Ellis and countless others who have lost their lives due to unrelenting racial injustices and we recognise the uncomfortable truths that we all must face.
Our federation acknowledges that systemic racism is a problem that must be addressed everywhere. We have a duty to face up to the difficult conversations that ultimately result in the lifting of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) voices. We know that in Britain, Black children are more likely to experience poverty, have poorer educational outcomes, be excluded from school, be unemployed, and come into contact with the criminal justice system. They are less likely to access the care they need if they are struggling with mental health problems, and Black children are more likely to act as carers for ill and disabled family members and to miss out on support. We know that the Black community is underrepresented in teaching staff, even more so at a leadership level and we acknowledge that that impacts upon Black children’s experience of education. We acknowledge the position we are in today and we refuse to fail to learn.
It is crucial that we take action beyond statements. We welcome challenge on our practices and will not be afraid of robust questioning. Furthermore, we will:
- Promote the comprehensive review of the curriculum coverage of Black history in our schools, to ensure that, at every key stage, Black voices are heard, Black stories are told and Black achievements and contributions to society are celebrated.
- Review the entire curriculum experience to ensure that there is good representation of Black voices and experiences: in and outside the formal taught curriculum, in each subject area, through trips and visits coverage and the profile of speakers.
- For all internal recruitment and external recruitment we will minimise unconscious bias by presenting blind view CVs to hiring managers.
- Monitor, report and take action upon any differences in successful hires, performance results, promotions and pay between our Black and non-Black colleagues.
- Invite all colleagues that identify as BAME and BAME matters to form a BAME forum with a view to creating internal, education tools and lifting BAME voices to make robust recommendations that seek to further the cause of ending systemic racism both internally and with the work that we do.
- We recognise that these issues affect the whole BAME community and we extend these commitments to
- all affected.
In late June, we met as a federation to discuss matters that could be better addressed within our schools. As such, we have a committee of people who will work to ensure our systems, procedures, behaviours, resources and teaching content reflect the values we hold and wish to make explicit.