Black boys and banter: Don’t get it twisted!

I asked a group of my daughter’s friends (all in their mid twenties) to tell me what they wish their white teachers knew about them as a black student. The responses were interesting. A couple of responses I’ve written about in previous posts, but there were two in particular that caught my attention: “All myContinue reading “Black boys and banter: Don’t get it twisted!”

Students need to understand stop and search laws

A few weeks ago a school leader told me about an incident where several students from their school were stopped and searched. It wasn’t just a gentle stop and search, the students, who were 16 and 17 years of age, were forced to the ground and handcuffed. For obvious reasons I can’t go into anyContinue reading “Students need to understand stop and search laws”

On the subject of black students and their names

As a teacher, one of the very first things you will do when you get your new class is take the register. This seemingly simple act can send shivers down the spine of the most confident educator. Over the course of a year, a primary school teacher has to get to know at least 30Continue reading “On the subject of black students and their names”

Do you understand what it’s like to be a black student in a UK school?

I’m not usually one for putting my head above the parapet and speaking my mind out loud, at least not amongst those with whom I am unfamiliar. But there are times when needs must. When as a grown adult you need to open your mouth and say what’s on your mind. This, is such aContinue reading “Do you understand what it’s like to be a black student in a UK school?”