There is a need for leadership in schools to set an example on raising the BLM discussion with students. Some useful guidance below:
- Release clear and unambiguous statements of support for our BAME students at the start of next academic year both on social media and in welcome back assemblies. Maybe all schools could do something at the same time.
- Ensure that all students are taught about Racism, BLM and micro-aggressions in the first term in form-time or SRE. Involve BAME students in the planning of this.
- Have clear information about how to report racist incidents (and bullying generally) around school and online. Commit to releasing data at least annually around this publicly. Include restorative work, education and sanctions as consequences.
- Join the school of sanctuary movement in your area and work with staff and experts in decolonising the curriculum further. Teach black history.
- Involve BAME students at all levels in all of the ideas above. Set up an active and influential equalities group if there is not one already to work with the school leadership team.