Embedding Race Equality in Schools

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Anti-Racism Support for Staff

A new package of support materials for teachers and staff will embed anti-racism and race equality into all aspects of school life.

Education Scotland’s resource will ensure children and young people see language, content and imagery that reflects the diversity of culture, identities, and experiences – including their own.

It comes alongside the publication of guidance from anti-racism charity the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights, and a teacher toolkit published by Scotdec – one of Scotland’s Development Education Centres – both of which will further support teachers in embedding anti-racism across the curriculum.

– Graeme

These new resources are very welcome.

Education is absolutely fundamental to rooting out racism from our society, which this Scottish Government is determined to see realised in Scotland.

I hope these tools will help teachers here in Angus and across Scotland ensure our children grow up wise to the folly of bigotry and division – comprehending the currents that have shaped our world, and with an understanding of the contributions of diverse peoples.


– Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville 

Racism of any form has no place in Scotland which is why embedding anti-racism into the ethos and practice of our education system is imperative.

This new Education Scotland guidance builds on existing resources available and was developed in collaboration with a range of young people, education practitioners and organisations with lived experience of racism and expertise in addressing it.

Our schools and our curriculum seek to promote and inspire a sense of belonging, inclusion and social justice for learners, practitioners and the wider community. Having an education system that provides an opportunity for anti-racism learning, debate and leadership is crucial in our attempt to eradicate racism in wider society.


– Education Scotland Chief Executive and HMI Chief Inspector of Education, Gayle Gorman 

It is essential that all our children and young people develop an understanding of the world around them and how it has been shaped, as well as an appreciation of the contribution made by people from a range of cultures and identities.

Our new resource will support the profession to teach and build a society which advances equality and actively rejects and challenges racial discrimination. We hope that our whole-school approach to race equality and anti-racism will help children and young people develop as responsible global citizens.

Education Scotland’s Promoting and Developing Race Equality and Anti-Racist Education: An Overview

Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights Guide to Developing an Anti-Racist Curriculum

Scotland’s Development Education Centre’s Anti-Racist Toolkit for Teachers