How to lead whole-school discussions about racism and whiteness

Find out how to develop your understanding of racism and whiteness so you can increase awareness of these issues and encourage productive discussions in your school.

Last reviewed on 19 December 2022
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. You should discuss racism, whatever your school's context
  2. Start by working on your understanding of how racism and whiteness affect your school
  3. Form a steering group of staff to spread awareness and get feedback on your approach
  4. Prepare to talk about whiteness in non-combative ways
  5. Next steps

You should discuss racism, whatever your school's context

Your school might be less inclusive than you think, even if your pupil and staff bases are diverse. Leading whole-school discussions about racism is a vital step to making your school a more inclusive environment for your non-white staff and pupils.

If your staff and pupil bases aren't diverse, it's still important to discuss race because:

  • Modern Britain is incredibly diverse, and your pupils will need to have an understanding of racism and whiteness to engage with others respectfully
  • Pupil demographics can also change quickly, so it's best to start taking steps now to increase awareness about racism

Whether your school is primary or secondary, you can lead discussions about racism. You can talk to pupils about race at any age, as long as you adapt your approach.