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.