CERES Conversation 2019

A CERES Conversation on:

Getting it right for every child: Is our education provision racially literate?

19th to 21st June 2019
Moray House School of Education
Edinburgh, Scotland

otland is proud of its inclusive approach to education and of the increasing diversity in our schools, classrooms and education establishments. However, education practitioners continue to report that they do not have sufficient knowledge, understanding or confidence to meet these increasing diversities. This two-day event provides education practitioners (early years, schools, colleges, universities, adult education) with spaces to consider how literate you and your establishment are on matters of racial, cultural, religious and linguistic diversity. There will be opportunities to engage with what research tells us and to hear from practitioners who are trying to make their education provision more responsive.

The event will provide a challenging but safe space for us to dismantle what are often seen as complex, sensitive and controversial issues. We will be discussing a range of issues, from talking about racism with pupils of different ages, Whiteness, Islamophobia, culturally relevant pedagogy, to learning what recent research tells us about how to support pupils for whom English is an Additional Language. The day will require us to think critically about these issues but also provide ideas to take back to our settings and everyday work.

We welcome all education practitioners and researchers. Come and be part of the conversation if you are a researcher interested in race equality and education, a classroom teacher, school leader, early years practitioner or manager, local authority education officer, student teacher, secondary school pupil (especially 5th and 6th years), parent, community member with an interest in education, or anyone with an interest in race equality in education.

You can view the programme for the event below, and download a copy here.

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We are delighted that our confirmed speakers include:

Keynote speakers:

Professor Gloria Ladson-Billings, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Professor David Gillborn, Centre for Research in Race & Education (CRRE), University of Birmingham

And workshops from:

Farkhanda Chaudhry, Equality Unit, East Renfrewshire Council

Clare Harker, Headteacher, St Alberts Primary School

Jane Lane, Advocate Worker for racial equality in the early years and education

Pamela Lawton, Fulbright Scholar at Moray House School of Education

Khadija Mohammed, Lecturer, University of the West of Scotland

Carol Young, Senior Policy Officer, CRER

Nikhat Yusaf, ASL/EAL Teacher, Edinburgh City Council