Anti-racist reading lists for staff

To create an anti-racist curriculum and teach in a way that's truly inclusive, you and your staff need to first understand the issues. These books and resources should support you on this journey.

Last reviewed on 19 December 2022
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  1. How to use these lists
  2. Essential reading
  3. Further reading, watching and listening
  4. Set aside time for reading, reflection and discussion as part of CPD

How to use these lists

Read as many of these books as you can, and share the lists with your staff too. 

This reading should help your team to:

  • Develop an understanding of concepts like racism, anti-racism, white privilege, and unconscious bias
  • Reflect on how these concepts impact your school community (staff, pupils and families), your curriculum, and the society we live in
  • Reflect on what you're doing already in your school, and where you can do better

Some of this reading will present opposing views, but it should support you in thinking about these issues and considering different perspectives.

These books should help you and your staff to lead whole-school discussions about racism and whiteness. It'll also be particularly helpful for the staff involved in reviewing your curriculum to make it more inclusive.

If you're looking to improve diversity in children’s books, we have book lists here.

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