School: a microcosm of wider systemic racism?
Episode 9 continues to explore school exclusions, looking at disproportionately and racism in the education system. This episode features Kitan Ososami a youth advocacy worker from BLAM (Black, Learning, Achievement & Mental Health), which aims to support the social inclusion of the Black British community by championing Black British culture and ensuring that education is more diverse. BLAM has a range of support services: Grounded Project: KS2/3 school-based project teaching Black history. Rooted Project: Summer school teaching Black history to KS2/3. Zuri therapy: racial wellness therapy workshops and a range of free virtual group sessions for Black British people. School Exclusions appeal service: education advocacy service for young Black British students facing school exclusion. This episode covers: BLAM's services and position on school exclusions Windrush generation Racist stereotyping Discrimination in punishment UK curriculum too Eurocentric Education a microcosm for wider systemic racism Lack of diverse staff Transformative Justice Approach BLAM's website with more details about services: https://blamuk.org/ Articles/TV series/podcasts referenced in the episode: Small Axe series Steve McQueen: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/p08vxt33/small-axe The Windrush generation: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43782241 Runnymede report 'Race and Racism in English Secondary schools' https://www.runnymedetrust.org/uploads/publications/pdfs/Runnymede%20Secondary%20Schools%20report%20FINAL.pdf Glasgow the Nurture Programme https://truevisiontv.com/films/details/58/the-nurture-room Organisations referenced in this episode: The Prosperity Consultancy project: https://www.tprosperityproject.com/who-we-are Frontline https://thefrontline.org.uk/why-we-are-here/ Just For Kids Law https://www.justforkidslaw.org/what-we-do/fighting-change/campaigning/school-exclusions Insitute of Race Relations https://irr.org.uk/resources/
28 Apr 2021
'Empathy Week' inspiring the next generation of empathic leaders
This is part 2 of episode 4 exploring ways to prevent school exclusions. This episode features Ed Kirwan founder of Empathy Week a global annual education program that uses the power of film to inspire, engage and empower young people into empathetic action. During Empathy Week, students watch 5 real-life cinematic stories; with empathy at the core, they will participate in active-discussions around social issues and then take on their own Empathy in Action project. This year’s theme is ‘Resilience and Diversity’. **Empathy Week resources are free to all state schools.** This episode covers: (1) Empathic vs. punitive approaches in schools, (2) empathy as a skill that needs practice, (3) real-life stories from Empathy Week films, (4) Empathy In Action project and (5) Global Empathy Awards. If you are an educator and would like to access these resources: Go on the website https://www.empathy-week.com/ Register and download free school brochure and all educational material Support for young people at risk of exclusion: Cape Mentors (https://www.capementors.com/) provides tuition and mentoring services to children at risk of exclusion and those permanently excluded without school placement. Elevated Minds (https://www.elevatedmindscoaching.com/) give young people alternative strategies to improve Mental Health & Wellbeing, focusing on social and emotional development, leadership skills, and entrepreneurial skills.
15 Mar 2021
Being queer in the Muslim community
This is episode 5, a bonus one-off episode released for LGBTQ+ history month this February 2021. This episode features Nalini, manager of the Resilient Me programme which supports young Muslims in faith-based and mainstream schools, with wellbeing and emotional resilience. This episode addresses: (1) Being queer in the Muslim community, (2) stigma against LGBTQ+ content in school curriculum's, (3) wellbeing of LGBTQ young people of faith, (4) sexuality & your relationship with God, (5) how faith-based communities can better support young people and (6) Islamaphobia & Muslim pride. Articles/books/podcasts featured in the episode: Muslim pride podcast BBC radio 4 with Sayeeda Warsi https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07pd7dc/episodes/downloads https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-49796967 https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/love-sex/relationships/a32904183/gay-muslims-queer-lgbt/ https://www.stonewall.org.uk/lgbt-britain-home-and-communities Support for LGBTQ+ people and faith-based groups: Imaan: Leading LGBTQ charity for Muslims https://imaanlondon.wordpress.com/ Young Stonewall: support for LGBTQ+ youth https://www.youngstonewall.org.uk/what-we-do Educate & Celebrate: Pride youth network and workshops for young people https://www.educateandcelebrate.org/ Resilient Me: programme at The Children's Society http://bcbn.org.uk/events/
18 Feb 2021
Can coaching prevent school exclusions?
This is part 1 of episode 4 exploring ways to prevent school exclusions. This episode features Martin Richards an educational coach and founder of C4E 'Coaching for Educators' a non-profit organisation that offers free coaching sessions for educators. Coaches from all around the world volunteer coaching hours for teachers who need support. Martin has worked on assignment for The Swedish National Agency for Education and has many years of experience as both a teacher and a coach. He's also previously worked with young people that have been excluded from school. This episode covers (1) what coaching is, (2) addressing power imbalances within schools, (3) understanding the unmet needs behind challenging behaviour, (4) how teachers can learn to not become triggered, (5) coaching as a trauma-informed approach and (6) listening from the heart. If you are an educator and would like to access free coaching: Go on the C4E website (https://www.coaching-for-educators.com/c4e.html) Fill out an online form, includes your name, email, and role. You can receive up to 4 hours of coaching to each of 4 educators. Articles/books/podcasts featured in the episode: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/permanent-and-fixed-period-exclusions-in-england-2018-to-2019 https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/information/professionals/resources/good-childhood-report-2020 Cradle-to-career school designs in the United Kingdom: What role can schools play in their local community and in society? (Victoria Hirst, PhD researcher at Manchester University, and Luke Billingham, 2020) Will release link when published. Martin Richard's books: The Coach in the Classroom https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079G696TT Riccardo Midwinter Tales https://www.amazon.com/Riccardo-Midwinters-Tales-Coach-Classroom-ebook/dp/B07MDXCM7L/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=midwinter+tales+kindle+martin+richards&qid=1611580268&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
27 Jan 2021
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This is part 3 of episode 3, exploring how drill music has been criminalised and used as evidence in court to prosecute young people. This has disproportionately affected young black males. This episode features Natasha service manager for the Disrupting Exploitation programme in London and Jeffrey youth worker on the Stride project at TCS. The content includes an exploration into the history of drill, why young people are interested in the genre and a debate as to whether drill glamorises violence. We also discuss why drill has become associated with gang affiliation and if criminalising drill is a distraction from the larger social issues at play, including unemployment, housing and a lack of youth services. Articles/books/podcasts featured in the episode: https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/information/professionals/resources/good-childhood-report-2020 Garden Court Chambers 'Part 1: Understanding Drill, artist & expert testimony' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9g8R1ztgAfQ Documentary 'Terms & Conditions: A UK Drill Story' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kno5T4y5SBY&t=119s https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/drill-music-london-stabbings-shootings-rap-67-abra-cadabra-comment-government-a8305516.html Charities that support young people experiencing racism: Young Minds: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/looking-after-yourself/racism-and-mental-health/ Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust: "Deliver impact programs to support young people to transform their lives by overcoming disadvantage" https://www.stephenlawrencetrust.org/what-we-do/ Stand Against Racism & Inequality (SARI): They provide support to anyone who "has been a victim of a crime that you believe was motivated because of your ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or religious belief"
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This is part 2 of episode 3, exploring how racism impacts young people, featuring co-host Alexia Powell from the national Prevention programme at TCS. The content includes an exploration into racism in the criminal justice system, the adultification of BAME youth and debating whether we see children through the lens of innocence or social justice. Alexia and I, also discuss the issue of language, stop & search, how to support young people experiencing racism and end with some positive role models from the BAME community. *adultification: Children in most societies are considered to be in a distinct group, with characteristics such as innocence. Adultification is when teachers, parents and law enforcement are less protective and more punitive with certain kids. The lens in which people view children can be affected by race. Articles/books/podcasts featured in the episode: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/29/more-than-half-young-people-jail-are-of-bme-background https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2014/03/black-boys-older https://www.vox.com/identities/2019/5/16/18624683/black-girls-racism-bias-adultification-discipline-georgetown https://www.nps.gov/brvb/learn/historyculture/clarkdoll.htm 'Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood From Slavery to Civil Rights.' Robin Bernstein https://cardboardcitizens.org.uk/our-news/new-podcast-series-it-is-what-it-is/ Artists featured in this episode: Siana Bangura: https://sianabangura.com/about/ Travis Alabanza: http://travisalabanza.co.uk/ Charities that support young people experiencing racism: Young Minds: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/looking-after-yourself/racism-and-mental-health/ Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust: "Deliver impact programs to support young people to transform their lives by overcoming disadvantage" https://www.stephenlawrencetrust.org/what-we-do/ Stand Against Racism & Inequality (SARI): They provide support to anyone who "has been a victim of a crime that you believe was motivated because of your ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or religious belief"
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