All the ways white people are privileged in the UK | News | Al Jazeera

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Ethnic minorities discriminated in areas including education, employment and housing, according to new report on race.

A report released by the UK government has laid bare the extent of racial discrimination in the country.

The study came as hate crimes and racism against minorities are rising in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

The so-called Brexit vote in June 2016 was boosted by far-right sentiment, which spread hate about immigrants, including those who had migrated many years ago. The narrative that immigrants were stealing jobs from Britons and draining resources emboldened the efforts of those campaigning to quit the bloc.

Al Jazeera looks into the disparities affecting non-white Britons’ lives, as detailed in Tuesday’s report.

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Analysis: Black and ethnic minority teachers are being ground down | HeraldScotland

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One of the reasons for the lack of recruitment of black and minority ethnic (BME) teachers across the UK is that they have not grown up in classrooms with BME teachers.

Their children are not surrounded by BME teachers so it is not a profession that necessarily sends strong signals saying BME teachers belong.

We would argue there has to be a national campaign to say we need more teachers from these backgrounds, but there is no evidence of that.

A lot of the experiences of people from BME backgrounds in schools is around the colour of their skin and our studies have shown how profound and pernicious that experience in school can be.

It is the subtle and insidious ways they were not promoted, the slights and micro aggressions which held them back or damaged their confidence.

Teachers from all backgrounds, regardless of ethnic group, want to be teachers for the same reasons – because they have a commitment to the pupils, a passion to be a mentor and so on.

It is not a lack of commitment that wears them down, but a reflection of those everyday experiences of being racially discriminated against.

That comes on top of everything else that teachers are having to deal with, from an increasing workload to being undervalued in terms of pay.

You also have to ask about retention and evidence from surveys we have been involved with suggest people are leaving the profession because they are being ground down. There are issues with BME teachers dropping out in the first three years of teaching.

Equality issues in schools in general do not seem to be a strong enough focus and that is a particular case in terms of race.

We have evidence that Muslim teachers are particularly struggling with racism in schools, and that can be from pupils or subtle messages from other teachers.

Another key issue is that teachers talk about how racism in school has become more of an issue in the context of Brexit. Pupils feel emboldened to say racist things. When teachers raise this with senior members of staff it is downplayed.

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What it’s like to be one of the few black teachers in Wales – Wales Online

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Four decades after getting its first black head teacher Wales is now thought to have none.

And across the country just 59 of our 36,182 teachers are black.

Figures from the Education Workforce Council show none of Wales’ 1,458 head teachers identify as black and just five are Asian, British Asian, or mixed race.

A further 26 did not want their ethnicity recorded and 299 are listed as “unknown” but the EWC, unions, and school leader organisations said they were unaware of any black head teachers in Wales.

High school physics teacher Daniel Wilson believes he is the only black teacher in Blaenau Gwent .

“For most of the kids in the valley the first black person they come across is me,” he said.

Mastering Metacognition | Class Teaching

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https://classteaching.wordpress.com/2018/11/13/mastering-metacognition/

At Durrington, teachers in their first five years of teaching are offered the opportunity to study a part-funded masters in education through the University of Brighton, led by Dr Brian Marsh. Our Head of Geography Ben Crockett, has just successfully passed his masters after two years of hard work. In this post he reflects on his experience: