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The Importance of an Intersectional Approach in Social Research - Guest blog by Hanna Stephens, ROTA Volunteer

Read our blog: The Importance of an Intersectional Approach in Social Research by Hanna Stephens, ROTA Volunteer

“There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” – Audre Lorde

In researching BAMER issues in the UK, it is important not to homogenise racial struggle and instead understand the diversity of identities that are present in different racial groups. For this, it is important that we view things from an intersectional perspective.

Intersectionality arose from black feminist scholarship, the term coined by....... continue >>>

ROTA (September 2016) Equality and Inclusion in the Academies Programme: 2016 - Literature review and analysis of written submissions to the Education Committee Inquiry on Multi-Academy Trusts

Equality and Inclusion in the Academies Programme: 2016 indicates that the democratic process, by which local communities have a say in what happens to their schools, could be in jeopardy and that BAME people in particular are under-represented on the governing bodies of Multi-Academy Trusts.
 
Closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and others has not been effectively addressed by some of the largest Multi-Academy Trusts in England. Furthermore, the assessment processes carried out by MATs appear to disproportionately exclude BAME pupils and fail to adequately support excluded pupils. 
 
Download the report HERE.

ROTA (May 2016) PRISM Educational Toolkit for Working with Young People

This toolkit was launched in May 2016 as part of our European funded Project, PRISM.

From various European surveys, studies and reports it emerges that in EU member states there are a growing number of physical and verbal attacks, often repeated and continuous, against minorities, which need to be evaluated and challenged robustly.

Download the Toolkit HERE.

Post Referendum Racism - blog by Andy Gregg

Read the latest blog “Post Referendum Racism“ by Andy Gregg, ROTA Chief Executive.

Pandora’s Box has been opened by the Brexit referendum and it is difficult to see how the evils that it has allowed to escape can be put back in the box. Already there are reports of increasing race hate crimes – many directed at Polish and other European migrants but also directed at Muslims and other migrant and minority groups. 

Although many who voted for Britain to leave the European Union were not in  ...... continue >>>

ROTA submitted evidence to the House of Commons Education Select Committee Inquiry on Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs)

With the proposed expansion of the Government’s academies programme, ROTA’s submission to the Inquiry focuses on the following: the balance of decision-making at the individual school level and at the multi-academy trust level and the appropriateness of formal governance structures employed; how the performance of MATS should be assessed. We bring to the Inquiry’s attention the following:

  • The lack of representation and influence Black, Minority Ethnic, & Refugee communities have within the formal governance structures of MATs and its disproportionate impact on BME&R pupils
  • The lack of accountability and transparency on how MATs perform in relation to meeting the equalities needs of the pupils and in meeting its Public Sector Equality Duty (s.149 of the Equality Act 2010).

Read the full submission HERE
 

PRISM Workshop on Hate Speech and Hate Crime to take place in London, 10-12 May 2016

Deadline for applications: 6 May 2016

A workshop on hate speech and hate crime will be held in London from 10–12 May 2016. The event is being organised by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), in cooperation with us at Race on the Agenda (ROTA). The workshop is addressed to lawyers and law enforcement officers and aims at promoting knowledge on hate speech and hate crime prevention strategies and actions.

Patrick Vernon OBE appointed as Chair of Labour Party's Race Equality Advisory Group

'Fifty years ago today (8th of December) the Labour government of Harold Wilson introduced the first Race Relations Act - outlawing discrimination based on ethnicity. Labour has a strong track record. As recently as 2010 we passed the Equality Act. On this anniversary, Kate Green MP, Labour's Shadow Women & Equalities Minister, announced that Patrick Vernon will chair an advisory group of experts to advise her on policy on race equality. Jeremy Corbyn Leader of the Labour Party' Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party

Sanneh and Others – access to welfare for Zambrano carers - Guest Blog by Dr Iyiola Solanke

If citizenship is the fundamental status for EU citizens, what is its substance for child citizens who are too young to enjoy the rights set out in Articles 21-23 TEU to work, travel, vote or petition the EP? What does the principle in EU law of ‘genuine enjoyment of the substance of citizenship’ mean if............continue >>>

News on free schools and equality

The Government has made a commitment to opening at least another 500 new free schools in England by 2020.

ROTA is keen to keep pressing Government to put in place measures that support free schools to comply with equality legislation (Equality Act 2010) and Public Sector Equality Duties. We know that many existing free schools are failing to do this. This situation should not develop further.

We Told You So!

Read the latest blog 'Is “We Told You So!“ by Andy Gregg, ROTA Chief Executive.

n my blog of 6th March 2014, I forecast that the Immigration Act would make private landlords into unpaid and untrained Immigration Officers. The Immigration Act would become “in effect, a charter for racial and other forms of harassment and abuse where people encounter rogue decision-makers (e.g. rogue landlords)”.

We have just been proved right with the Government’s publication of ...... continue >>>

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