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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 .........Read more

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...Read more

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.

The workshop will...Read more

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

Kate Green explained that, ‘While we’ve made huge steps...Read more

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 have identified forty four newly-elected MPs who have been appointed to Select Committees on Education, Children, Schools & Families or Women & Equalities, or who have...Read more

We Told You So!

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

n my blog of 6 th 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...Read more

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