Promoting Equality and Diversity in Education Settings: Annual Review 2016 – 2017
EqualiTeach’s latest Annual Review is out, and is packed full of information about our workshops and training. Read online by clicking the image, and see our progress over the last year and our plans moving forward.
What another fantastic year for EqualiTeach!
As we move towards our fourth anniversary, we continue to grow from strength to strength, helping more education settings than ever before in their quest to promote equality and tackle discrimination. This year has seen our staff team expand to ten.
In April, we sadly said goodbye to Theresa Salzer, a fantastic Youth Education Officer who has moved on to pastures new in the Netherlands, and Hilary Barker, a Sessional Facilitator, who has taken time out to do more travelling. We welcomed four new Youth Education Officers; Laura Richardson, Tammy Naidoo, Siobhán Anderson and Gabriella Craft. We are also delighted to have Georgina Manning on board as a Programme Support Officer. Together with Rachel Elgy, who has earned the new position of Senior Education Officer, and our Sessional Facilitators Alaya Forte and Fatima Rajina, we have a team of highly skilled experts in the field of equality and diversity, who work tirelessly to ensure that young people are equipped with skills, knowledge and confidence to live happy, successful lives in an increasingly turbulent world and that schools are inclusive,happy and safe places for all young people.
In addition to our new staff members, we have also welcomed five new members onto our Advisory Board; Sebastian Amyes, David Landon Cole, Lucy Goodyear, Paul Mortimer and David Tweats, who provide invaluable guidance and support to the organisation and we are extremely grateful for their input.
This year, we have worked in partnership with the NASUWT to hold our first two of four regional training days for early years providers, looking at how they can implement the requirement to promote Fundamental British values in a cohesive and inclusive way.
Our partnership with TeachFirst has continued to thrive as we developed and delivered modules exploring relationships and sex education, the fundamental principles of equality and diversity, and safeguarding young people against female genital mutilation, forced marriage, sexual exploitation and extremism and radicalisation. (read more on page 16)
We are excited to have worked with the Institute of Physics, delivering whole school staff training on promoting gender equality and tackling sexism in three secondary schools as part of their Opening Doors project.
In addition, we have expanded our programme of critical thinking workshops to nine local authority areas, working in primary, secondary and special schools across the country to help young people to challenge stereotypes, identify and reject biased and unreliable news and develop the skills to source accurate information. (read more on page 9)
In response to the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, we delivered two training days in partnership with the National Union of Teachers, which equipped teachers with techniques to discuss controversial issues with young people and respond to their questions and fears.
This next year we continue to build and grow, aiming to help many more young people and teachers in the fight for equality in our classrooms.
Kate Hollinshead & Sarah Soyei
Head of Education & Head of Partnerships