Anti-racism resources

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

A portfolio of free resources has been created by the Anna Freud Centre to help school staff understand the mental health impact of racism on young people and to feel more confident in addressing related concerns.

The resources build a whole-school approach to anti-racism and have been developed in collaboration with Stuart Lawrence and BLAM (Black Learning Achievement and Mental Health) UK.

They have also drawn on the existing evidence-base and have been informed by the experiences and recommendations of school staff, parents, carers and young people.

The resources include advice and guidance on representation in the curriculum, staff training, policy templates, case studies with suggestions for celebration activities which involve the whole school community, and suggested support for students and staff.

Free e-learning for school staff has also been launched by the Anna Freud Centre covering modules such as leading change for anti-racism, working together to be an anti-racist school, and supporting racially minoritised staff.

It comes as survey findings from the Anna Freud Centre show that problems reported in schools and colleges include unconscious bias (59%), understanding the impact of racism on mental health (56%), and the use of racist language (47%).

Respondents to the survey said they wanted more to be done by schools to “call out” racism and provide firmer sanctions for using racist language or behaviour in school. They also suggested education about racism and its effect on people and more celebration of diverse cultures.

Jaime Smith, director of the Anna Freud Centre’s Schools’ Division, said: “Our resources can help schools to develop an anti-racist culture – ensuring better wellbeing and mental health for racially minoritised students and staff. This will help us all to build safe and more supportive whole-school communities.”


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