CERES forthcoming International Symposium

Normalising Difference in Teacher Education: national and international perspectives

Venue: The Outreach Centre, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ

Time: Friday 26th October 2018 – 9.30a.m. to 4.30p.m.

Attendance is free.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Please contact: Yvonne Foley (etl@ed.ac.uk) to register your place, or call 07879 454969 / 0131 651 6650

The global movement of people across national and international boundaries has resulted in a rapid increase in the number of pupils learning English as an additional language (EAL) in school contexts. Educational initiatives across Anglophone countries have sought to ensure non-discriminatory policies and practices for such pupils, who do not speak the dominant language of the country in which they now live.  Despite these initiatives, research shows that teachers feel inadequately prepared to acknowledge, understand, value and build on the social, linguistic and cultural capital brought into school contexts in this era of increased cultural and linguistic diversity (e.g. Lucas, 2011; Walton and Osman, 2018). Research has called for teacher education to acknowledge and place value on these various forms of difference and to recognize the need to move away from the assumptions of normativity in any educational context (Villegas et al, 2018; Walton and Osman, 2018). The question then arises of how we can enable teacher education to be sufficiently responsive to difference in terms of race, class, gender, language, ethnicity, and religion, which have become defining features of today’s classrooms.  This symposium provides an international comparative perspective in relation to these issues across four Anglophone countries: Australia, Canada, the US and the UK.  Each presenter will draw on their own research to illustrate national approaches and trends.

Invited speakers include: Professor Linda Harklau (United States), Associate Professor Angela Scarino (Australia) and Professor Kelleen Toohey (Canada).

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July 2017

Anti-Islamic Abuse in Schools

A new report, published by Scotland Against Criminalising Communities, has shown that anti-Islamic abuse in Edinburgh schools has reached worrying levels.

As part of the 3rd International CERES Conference in June 2017, the author of the report, Samena Dean, presented her findings. This was followed by a Question and Answer session and discussion, and a video of the full presentation will be made available from the CERES website shortly.

You can download a copy of the report here.

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June 2017

Anti-Islamic Abuse in Schools

A new report, published by Scotland Against Criminalising Communities, has shown that anti-Islamic abuse in Edinburgh schools has reached worrying levels.

As part of its 3rd International Conference, CERES is offering all teachers and student teachers the opportunity to learn more about identifying and challenging Islamophobia. Details of our free CPD workshop is available here and to book your place please email ceres@ed.ac.uk.

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May 2017

Symposium: Language, Literacies and Diverse Classrooms

At the end of March 2017 we held a symposium, funded by The Bell Foundation and Unbound Philanthropy, on ‘Languages, Literacies and Diverse Classrooms’. The event included international speakers and presentations featuring new and emerging research on language, literacy and education, and concluded with a Q and A session with the key speakers.

You can find copies of the presentations and watch videos from the event here.

If you would like any further information about the research presented please get in contact with us at ceres@ed.ac.uk.

March 2017

Racial Equality and Scottish School Education

CERES, in partnership with the University of Glasgow, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), and the University of Edinburgh’s Teacher Education Partnership, has held a series of seminars and a one-hour webinar on “Race Equality and Scottish School Education”. The webinar and associated research briefing can be accessed below.

The webinar includes a presentation from Dr Rowena Arshad, Head of School for Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, and Dr Marta Moskal, School of Education, University of Glasgow, and also presents video clips from academics and practitioners highlighting some of the key themes and examples for practice. 

Video clips

Professor Peter Hopkins, Newcastle University, talking about recognition.

Lynn Ma, Glasgow Clyde College, talking about linguistic and cultural diversity.

Dr Daniela Sime, University of Strathclyde, talking about engaging with Roma children and families.

Judith Mackinlay talking about her experience as a primary teacher engaging with race equality issues.

Sheila Laing talking about her experiences as a headteacher leading on race equality matters.

The webinar and briefing draw on research on black, minority ethnic, migrant and refugee young people from the period 2004-2016 conducted by CERES and their partners, particularly Newcastle University and University of St Andrews, and also from academics associated with Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration network (GRAMNet). The research serves to highlight recurring themes which teachers and managers could usefully reflect on as they take forward the indicators in How Good Is Our School 4 and the development of their own professional standards.

Further information about some of this research with BME young people can be accessed on Newcastle University’s website here: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/youngpeople/.

The webinar begins 1 minute in.

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Racial Equality and Youth Work in Scotland

CERES, in partnership with the University of Glasgow and YouthLink Scotland, held a free face-to-face seminar in Glasgow in February 2017 focusing on issues of race equality and youth work in Scotland. Drawing on research from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow on black, minority ethnic, migrant and refugee young people in Scotland, the seminar presented issues such as everyday racism and discrimination, misrecognition, multiple disadvantage, and undervaluing linguistic diversity impact upon young people. Participants reflected on these themes in relation to youth work practice, and discussed how youth work managers and practitioners can be supported to develop strategies for addressing racism, discrimination and disadvantage.

Please see our briefing for youth workers for further information.

February 2017

Seminar: Racial Equality and Youth Work in Scotland

Date: Monday 27th February
Time: 9.30am – 1.00pm
Venue: Sir Alwyn Williams Building

The University of Edinburgh, in partnership with the University of Glasgow and YouthLink Scotland, is offering a free face-to-face seminar focusing on issues of race equality and youth work in Scotland. Drawing on research from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow on black, minority ethnic, migrant and refugee young people in Scotland, the seminar will discuss how issues such as everyday racism and discrimination, misrecognition, multiple disadvantage, and undervaluing linguistic diversity impact upon young people. We will then reflect on these themes in relation to youth work practice, and discuss how youth work managers and practitioners can be supported to develop strategies for addressing racism, discrimination and disadvantage. 

This event is FREE but booking is essential. To book please email ceres@ed.ac.uk or call 0131 651 6152.

Please see our briefing for further information.

January 2017

Response to Inquiry into School Bullying

Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, has submitted a written response to the Scottish Parliament Equalities and Human Rights Committee’s Inquiry into School Bullying.

Rowena Arshad, CERES Co-Director, was a co-author of the submission, and the response draws on findings from recent CERES research projects as well as our recent professional seminars with teachers and schools leaders and participation in the Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime, Prejudice and Community Cohesion.

See below to read the submission in full or click here to download.

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December 2016

Race Equality and Scottish School Education

CERES, in partnership with the University of Glasgow, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), and the University of Edinburgh’s Teacher Education Partnership, has held a series of seminars and a one-hour webinar on “Race Equality and Scottish School Education”. The webinar and associated research briefing can be accessed below.

The webinar includes a presentation from Dr Rowena Arshad, Head of School for Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, and Dr Marta Moskal, School of Education, University of Glasgow, and also presents video clips from academics and practitioners highlighting some of the key themes and examples for practice. 

The webinar and briefing draw on research on black, minority ethnic, migrant and refugee young people from the period 2004-2016 conducted by CERES and their partners, particularly Newcastle University and University of St Andrews, and also from academics associated with Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration network (GRAMNet). The research serves to highlight recurring themes which teachers and managers could usefully reflect on as they take forward the indicators in How Good Is Our School 4 and the development of their own professional standards.

Further information about some of this research with BME young people can be accessed on Newcastle University’s website here: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/youngpeople/.

The webinar begins 1 minute in.

 

Download (PDF, 302KB)

November 2016

CERES Conference 2017

Activism and Anti-Racism in Education: telling our stories

Our 3rd International Conference is taking place at Moray House School of Education on 14th-16th June 2017.

Further information on the conference and our Call for Papers is available here.

June 2016

On the Hideous Whiteness Of Brexit: “Let us be honest about our past and our present if we truly seek to dismantle white supremacy”

Akwugo Emejulu, Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, examines how white supremacy has operated before and after the UK’s EU referendum and argues that the visibility of racism following the Brexit vote must not obscure the conditions for its possibility. Her co-authored book, The Politics of Survival: Minority Women, Activism and Austerity in France and Britain is forthcoming with Policy Press. 

Read the full article here