The political impartiality guidance risks stunting burgeoning conversations on racial literacy. Viv Grant says we cannot afford to go backwards and must reject this ‘teaching by numbers’ approach
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The guidance on political impartiality in classrooms (DfE, 2022) represents a “teaching by numbers” approach to the global challenges of today.

What’s more, I believe the confusion and worry (SecEd, 2022) around the guidance, rather than strengthening race equality work in schools will actively serve to undermine it.

Education is a moral and social endeavour and for this to succeed, our young people need support to develop the critical skills that will enable them (with the rest of us) to shape a more just and equitable society. One of these skills is racial literacy – the ability to understand, talk and explore matters of race.

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