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Anti-racist education - Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) briefing June 2018

What is this?

​This briefing paper from the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) aims to:

  • promote anti-racist education and support members in reinvigorating this area;
  • inform members of examples of current anti-racist education practice in use across Scotland, drawn from consulting members, to enable the sharing of good practice.

Who is this for?

​Early years and childcare, primary, secondary and further education practitioners.


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​Explore this resource

This briefing outlines how anti-racist education is supported by the Scottish policy context within education and by equality legislation.

The paper considers a range of research which highlights the importance of educating young people against racism as early as possible and highlights the many benefits, for young people, staff and communities.

Current anti-racist education practice, based on the experience of EIS members, is considered with a range of curricular examples.

Anti-racist education is a preventative approach; it is about working to change attitudes and equip learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and challenge racism. It should form part of a whole-establishment approach to promoting equality and inclusion.

How to use this learning and assessment resource to improve practice

This briefing contains a wide range of information including current policy and guidance and research which may be used to inform whole establishment discussions regarding anti-racist education. It can also be used when considering how inclusive the ethos and practice of your establishment is.

The briefing includes examples of anti-racist education currently being used in curricular areas or as part of whole-school approaches which may be helpful to practitioners looking for relevant materials. It also highlights the importance of ensuring resources are culturally diverse in content, and could be a starting point for an audit of resources.

Tackling and recording racist incidents are also considered which may lead establishments to consider their current practice with reference to Respect for All.

This resource should be used in the context of a broader anti-racist education programme, and may assist establishments to meet their legal obligations to promote equality and tackle discrimination based on race and religion.

Improvement questions

  • How well does our establishment ensure that the curriculum is designed to develop and promote equality and diversity and eliminate discrimination?
  • To what extent do we use whole-setting approaches or class settings to explore issues related to racism?
  • To what extent do we celebrate diversity of race, religion and cultures?
  • To what extent do the resources we use reflect diversity and inclusion?