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Black and female: Adultification, bias and racism

Black children are more likely to be excluded from school and face systemic adultification, bias and racism. Our response to this often focuses on boys, but Orlene Badu looks at the barriers faced by students who are both female and of black heritage...

As the autumn term rolls on, many of us will be considering the experiences of all of our pupils. We will be reviewing their re-entry to school, their re-engagement with learning, and ensuring that all children have a strong sense of belonging to their school and a secure attachment to staff.

We know that the cost of living crisis is having a deep impact on our children and their families at a time when we are still recovering from the pandemic.

We may be satisfied that we have systems in place and that our offer is working for most of our children. And for those for whom it is not working, we may have a selection of narratives to pathologise why that is the case.

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