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Equality Forum - Race & Equality

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The Governor Equality Forum is designed to support governors to understand their responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010. The network aims aims to support governors to effectively work with schools to develop safe learning environments in which all children and young people have the opportunity to develop a positive sense of identity and to achieve. The network is open to all governors who can attend one meeting or a series and will involve sharing of practice, elements of training and when appropriate governor involvement in resource or guidance development.


This forum will support you in ensuring your school is complaint with the Equality Act and does what it can to ensure equality of opportunity for all pupils and students. This term we are delight to invite a guest speaker to deliver a training session that will lead us into next steps.

Part 1: Colourblindness – Abha Aggarwal for Reading International Solidarity Centre www.risc.org.uk
Abha Aggarwal will lead the first part of the forum in a training session which aims to re-frame the conversation around ‘race’ and racism by challenging the current dominant strategy, often referred to as ‘colourblindness”. Colourblindness is a racial ideology that asserts that the best way to address racial discrimination is by treating individuals equally without regards to ‘race’, culture or ethnicity. Using a critical theory approach, a more holistic understanding of ‘race’ and racism in schools can be understood, and lead to practical strategies going forward.

Part 2 – our governor role in promoting and supporting race equality practice
Working in groups governors will reflect on progress so far, share practice and be reminded of tools available to support them to:
  • Recruit a more diverse governing body
  • Recruit a more diverse teaching staff
  • Audit the whole school environment
  • Schools of Sanctuary Programme

If you would like to know more about the network please email pshe@brighton-hove.gov.uk


Increased knowledge of the critical theory approach to race
Increased knowledge of Schools of Sanctuary Programme and how governors can support it
Increased knowledge of the governor role in supporting EAL pupils and students
Ideas for how to increase recruitment of BAME staff and governors

Booking Information

Please let us know if you have any dietary, access or special requirements


All governors

12 Nov 2019 10:00 - 11:30

Closing date: 11/11/2019
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Governance Support (SLA)
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Date and Time

12 Nov 2019 10:00 - 11:30


Friends Meeting House (FMHMR / Meeting Room), Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AF


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