What is Schools Stand Up 2 Racism?
Schools Stand Up 2 Racism was a three year research project aimed at understanding the levels of racism being experienced by black and minority ethnic (BME) pupils in secondary schools in Cheshire, Halton and Warrington.
It was led by Cheshire, Halton and Warrington Race and Equality Centre (CHAWREC), in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and funded by the Big Lottery Research Programme.
Why was the research carried out?
In the course of CHAWREC’s work with BME communities, anecdotal evidence of young people experiencing racism came to light. However, no research had been carried out to discover the true extent of the problem. All schools are currently required to monitor racist incidents, but it can still be a challenge to fully understand the levels of racism experienced by pupils on a day to day basis. Teachers can also sometimes find themselves in unfamiliar territory when it comes to dealing with racism in school.
The aims of Schools Stand up 2 Racism are:
- To help secondary schools across Cheshire, Halton and Warrington gain an improved knowledge of the levels of racism being experienced by their pupils
- To enable schools to adopt new ways of tackling racism
- To enable teachers to gain increased levels of confidence in dealing with racist incidents
For more information about the project please visit www.standup2racism.org.uk or contact Mandy Roberts (Project Manager) on 01244 400730 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The full reports are available on the dedicated website, as is a full e-learning package for teachers.