As educators it is our responsibility to listen, acknowledge and respond to the calls of justice and equality, to hear the voices of those that have been persecuted and discriminated against for far too long. People can no longer be bystanders, to do so is to be complicit in condoning racism.
To make a difference, we should ensure that:
- every school curriculum reflects the diverse lives of all our children and young people
- we develop respect and understanding between communities
- prejudicial and discriminatory behaviours are challenged through robust behaviour policies
- all racial incidents are investigated and recorded
- data on racist incidents is shared with the local authority to ensure that trends are monitored across the county, enabling The Education People and Kent County Council directorates to focus resources, inform policy and practice, and prioritise where support is needed.