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Race equality action plan: final report

Progress made on the actions in the Race Equality Action Plan 2017 to 2021 and action taken to tackle race inequality in response to the 2020 to 2021 COVID-19 pandemic as well as action from 2021 onwards to implement the aims of the Race Equality Framework 2016-2030.

Race equality action plan: final report
Annex B – Education

Annex B – Education

These annexes provide updates on all original actions from the Race Equality Action Plan followed by updates on the reprioritised and refocused actions from the end of Year 2. Additional activity in Year 3 that has taken place in response to either COVID-19 or Black Lives Matter is then captured.

Action status categorisation is as follows

  • Complete*
  • Ongoing**
  • Paused
  • Reprioritised

*We cannot see this work as being done just because an action has been completed within a timeframe. For some actions, the marking of a status as complete may mean that the specific one-off action as originally proposed has been undertaken however work continues in this area and this is reflected in the update.

** Actions may be marked as 'ongoing' for the same reason. Much of the work reflected in these annexes is long-term in nature and continues beyond the end of the REAP.

Year 1 only
Action Action Status Report on Progress
We will publish an on-line resource for parents, including minority ethnic families, to empower them to make choices about the right ELC setting or combination of settings for their child. The Scottish Government published our Quality Action Plan for ELC in October 2017, with a specific action to develop this online resource to ensure that families are getting information in the way that is most helpful to them. Complete An online resource was developed as part of the 'Parent Club' website (designed to be a 'one stop shop' for parents). To inform content, engagement was undertaken with parent focus groups and a range of representative organisations. Special consideration was taken to ensure the views of different parent groups were heard; this included ensuring there was a wide geographical spread of sessions, purposefully taking into account those communities which have a high proportion of minority ethnic families. A communications and engagement strategy was then put in place to ensure that the most appropriate channels were used in order to reach all parents and carers. The content of the online resource includes general information about the Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) entitlement alongside more detailed information to help parents to make informed choices, as well as links to other relevant information such as the UK Government's Tax Free Childcare Scheme. We worked with our marketing agency to ensure diversity in any photographs and ensured this was reflected in images and videos in our literature and parental communication on the ELC pages on Parent Club. This work fed into the wider equality impact assessment developed for the Early Learning and Childcare Expansion. www.parentclub.scot Minority Ethnic audiences are included in any insight gathering and creative testing, to ensure that the advertising has as broad appeal as possible. Recent campaign evaluation results suggest that Minority Ethnic audiences are just as likely to have seen the campaign or heard of the website as others.
  • 55% had seen the campaign.
  • 67% had heard of the website.
SG Marketing works with NHS and Public Health Service (PHS) colleagues, BEMIS, CEMVO, Minority Ethnic Health Inclusion Project (MEHIS), Minority Ethnic Carers of Older People Project (MECOPP) and the Scottish Public Health Network to identify specific challenges in effectively reaching seldom-heard communities with marketing campaign messaging. Insights gathered from these conversations shape our communications materials, and this collaboration allows us to better reach communities via their trusted voices, such as community leaders. Parent Club has created and co-produced content with partners and has delivered key information in multiple languages and formats. For example, the latest ELC deferral communications included a summary document outlining key information, which was then translated in to 11 languages (as well as Easy Read, BSL, and Audio) and disseminated via partners. We also produce WhatsApp/SMS content which can be shared within communities via trusted voices, and is particularly useful for audiences who may not be reached with digital channels. Since the Parent Club ELC pages launched, we have collaborated with BEMIS to hold workshops with community leads and parents from minority ethnic communities. The aim of these workshops has been to introduce them to the information and assets available through Parent Club, and more specifically to give them an overview of the ELC entitlement including guidance on how to access information locally, through local authorities. Workshops were held in 2020, and more will be held in March 2021.
We published the refreshed National Approach to Anti-Bullying for Scotland's Children and Young People, "Respect for All" and we will review it in full at least once every five years with interim reviews carried out by the Scottish Advisory Group on Behaviour in Schools to identify future areas for improvement in the national approach. Complete The National Approach to Anti-Bullying for Scotland's Children and Young People, "Respect for All" last review concluded in 2017 and resulted in a refreshed National Approach which included a greater focus on protected characteristics and took account of changes to Equality legislation. The next review is due in 2022 and a Working Group will be convened to inform the review process.
Over 2017-2018 we will work with key delivery partners and respectme to support the development and dissemination of a race equality focussed anti-bullying resource for teachers. Complete The resource, "Addressing Inclusion: Effectively Challenging Racism in Schools" was jointly produced by Respectme and CRER and was published in January 2019. It can be found at: Addressing Inclusion: Effectively Challenging Racism in Schools respectme, continue to work with local authorities, communities and other organisations working with children and young people, to build confidence and capacity to address bullying effectively. This includes reviewing, formulating, implementing and evaluating locally relevant anti-bullying policies on which stakeholders have been consulted and providing free training, information and support with guidelines, procedures and monitoring which includes racist bullying.
We will increase the involvement of minority ethnic parents in their children's learning by consulting on legislative changes to strengthen the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006, as part of our consultation on the new Education Bill. Complete A decision not to introduce the Education Bill was announced to parliament in June 2019. The work to strengthen the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement Act 2006) and work with stakeholders to update the statutory guidance, including updating sections covering protected characteristics and working with parents with English as an additional language continued and is still progressing. Public consultation on the guidance closed in June 2020 with responses published in August. Scottish Government continue to analyse these responses as part of the redrafting process which will conclude in early 2021. Eight equalities and equities projects with a focus on parental involvement, engagement, family learning and learning at home are also continuing following a short pause in 2020. Each of these projects are taking forward packages of work focused on different equalities teams including engaging and involving families from diverse cultural background and parents for whom English is an additional language. Phase one of the eight projects and initial outcome reports are expected in early 2021, with each project due to enter phase two by March 2021.
Building on the data and findings for minority ethnic students from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) Triennial Review on Widening Access, the SFC will seek further evidence to identify any potential barriers for minority ethnic students in FE and HE and will continue the monitoring of the participation, success, attainment and destinations of minority ethnic students through statistical publications and Outcome Agreements over 2017-18. Complete SFC access team and SFC analysts published The Access and Inclusion committee paper on the SFC website in November 2018. The data further enhances and updates ME data reporting, including building on the data findings from the SFC Triennial Review on Widening Access. SFC Access and Inclusion committee paper The data was shared with the Scottish Race Equality Network forum (for Colleges and Universities) for feedback. A paper with this data also went to the SFC Access and Inclusion Committee. SFC also consulted with SREN and updated the ethnicity section of the Outcome Agreement guidance for both colleges and universities.
The Scottish Funding Council will continue to fund ECU over 2017‑18 to provide best practice, guidance and advice to both sectors via the Scottish Race Equality Network forum and will encourage and support Universities to apply for the ECU Race Equality Charter. Complete Advance Higher Education (formerly ECU) successfully bid to Scottish Funding Council (SFC) to fund the delivery of a national equality and diversity offer for post-16 education in Scotland. SFC awarded funding of approximately £1.8 million to Advance HE in June 2018. The Advance HE funding is for a 3 year programme over the period AY 2018-19 to 2020-21. In 2019, EHRC undertook an inquiry into racial harassment in publically funded universities in Great Britain and made a series of recommendations for the UK and devolved governments, funders, regulators and universities. Following this, the programme of work that Advance HE is undertaking was revised and specific race programmes, including an anti-racist curriculum project, set up as part of a set of activities taken forward by SFC, Universities Scotland and the sector to address the EHRC recommendations. Further information on that work can be found here: Tackling racism on campus: Raising awareness and creating the conditions for confident conversations - Advance HE
Year 2 only
We will include equality as a theme of the 2018-19 Blueprint Action Plan for Early Learning & Childcare. We will carry out an equality impact assessment on the expansion, to ensure that high quality ELC is accessible to all families. We will consider the impact of expansion on families of all ethnicities, taking into account cultural and religious needs where relevant, to ensure that provision is accessible to all. Complete A Blueprint Action Plan was not published in 2018/19, however a number of actions were taken forward as part of the Early Learning & Childcare (ELC) expansion programme. In 2019, we published a suite of Equality Impact Assessments (EQIAs) for the ELC expansion programme. Those include EQIAs considering:
  • Access to ELC to accompany the legislative changes that support the ELC expansion programme i.e. The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (No. 1) Order 2019 and The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (No. 2) Order 2019.
  • The barriers to taking up employment in the ELC sector and diversifying the workforce.
  • The barriers to children with protected characteristics fully benefitting from their ELC experience.
  • How changes to the income threshold impacts the eligible two year old population.
We will work with Education Scotland and regional collaboratives in the development of new professional learning in leadership and ensure that minority ethnic teachers are encouraged and supported to join programmes. In creating new programmes of professional learning for teachers and school leaders we will ensure Education Scotland undertakes effective equalities proofing including by seeking the views of external experts. Complete Education Scotland have worked with Scottish Association for Minority Ethnic Educators (SAMEE) to offer professional learning on race, equality and diversity, for example, the Culturally Responsive Pedagogy workshop that is part of the Teacher Leadership Programme (TLP) and are also working with Professor Arshad and contacts at the Centre for Education and Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES) in promoting TLP. A TedTalk on Cultural Intelligence is now part of the TLP 20/21 Pre-programme reading. In the 2020/21 academic session, members of SAMEE have delivered anti-racist sessions as part of the Teacher Leadership Programme on critical race theory and decolonising the curriculum. As part of the CERG Workstream 6 coaching and mentoring offer, Education Scotland is working with SAMEE to support minority ethnic educators. Aspiring school leaders A revision and refresh of core learning modules of the Into Headship programme in 2020/21 will be undertaken with minority ethnic educators to ensure it includes intercultural and anti-racist professional learning. This means from 2021/22 all practitioners obtaining the Standard for Headship will have accessed anti-racist professional learning. School leaders Excellence in Headship (EiH) has introduced new EiH Learn sessions focused on cultural identity and race equality. These sessions are led by those with lived experience of race inequality. The first two in a series of sessions on 'Socially Just Leaders' have been delivered with the remaining session taking place later in 2021.
We will direct the partnership task group which is focussed on continuously enhancing the career services delivered by partners, to undertake the activities around enhancing career information, advice and guidance services. Reprioritised This work was reprioritised/re-focused and is now captured under the "Additional actions generated from Year 2 reprioritisation, the Black Lives Matter movement and/or COVID-19" section".
We will build on the Developing the Young Workforce commitment to embed the Career Education Standard and ensure the partnership group considers the barriers and enhancements that need to be made to existing services to meet the needs of all young people, including those from ethnic groups. Reprioritised This work was reprioritised/re-focused and is now captured under the "Additional actions generated from Year 2 reprioritisation, the Black Lives Matter movement and/or COVID-19" section".
We will work with the SFC and the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) to deliver a further and higher education roundtable event in 2018 to identify possible barriers for minority ethnic students in FE and HE with a follow on practitioners' event for colleges, universities and key agencies to address identified barriers. Ongoing The education roundtable event did not take place in this format, however the SFC worked with Advance HE (formerly ECU) to re-position the SFC/AHE work plan to ensure increased focus on actions to tackle race inequalities.
Multi-year actions
Action Action Status Update
Using an expert peer review group led by Education Scotland and involving key stakeholders, we will review existing resources to deliver race equality education across the curriculum and identify a suite of resources to be used in early learning and school education to deliver the specific objectives of race equality education by summer 2018. Complete A group was formed and met for the first time in January 2018, to agree terms of reference and next steps. There were representatives from primary, secondary, further and higher education, Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER), Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland (CYCPS) and BEMIS. It was agreed that the following items would be created:
  • A template to share resources.
  • A letter inviting participants to share resources.
  • A smart survey to gather responses.
  • A set of criteria to quality assure materials.
The template and letter were designed and a survey link was circulated in February 2018. Education Scotland encouraged partners to gather resources using their own networks and contacts. The request was also sent out using the digital newsletter. Education Scotland also contacted the Religious Education Curriculum Network and the Scottish Catholic Education Service. Due to a low response, it was decided that the expertise of the group should be used more directly and that a composite list should be constructed of materials directly recommended by the group. Education Scotland recruited a highly experienced member of staff to review all equality content on their Hub. This action was subsequently re-focused at the end of year 2 and led to the creation of a new action "Education Scotland will lead an expert group to develop an evidence based advice paper for practitioners outlining the principles of good quality race education which will be illustrated by case studies." An update on that action can be found in the reprioritisation section below.
We have committed to almost doubling funded Early Learning Childcare (ELC) provision to 1140 hours by 2020. Local authorities have been asked to ensure that their expansion plans ensure accessibility for all families and they will be expected to consider the impact of expansion on families of all ethnicities, taking into account cultural and religious needs where relevant, to ensure that provision is accessible to all. Ongoing The impacts of coronavirus necessitated a delay to the full roll-out of the duty to provide 1140 hours of funded Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) from August 2020. Where local authorities were already delivering expanded entitlements, we made clear that it was critical that this was protected and maintained. Full funding for 2020-21 to support the expansion remained in place for local authorities and flexibility was given to enable a focused approach to address the needs of children and parents, in recognition of the differing challenges faced locally. Full statutory roll out of 1140 hours is now planned for August 2021. As part of our work to reintroduce the 1140 hours duty, we have published a new Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA). We want to ensure all families are aware of their child's entitlement to funded ELC, and are able to make an informed choice about where and how to access it. Our parental marketing campaign ran until Spring 2020. One element of this was a bespoke outreach project with seldom heard groups, including minority ethnic families. We also produced a translated leaflet in six languages to increase awareness and encourage families to find out more about funded ELC. For 2021 intake, we are unable to run a full campaign due to COVID-19 priorities, but we are working with local authorities to share materials, including a range of translated materials. A key part of our activity is planned BEMIS workshops (online) to share and explain materials.
We aim to create an ELC workforce which better reflects wider society including from minority ethnic communities. We estimate that the expansion of ELC will require up to 11,000 additional staff across a range of roles. Ongoing The recruitment of additional staff to ensure delivery of expanded ELC will continue up to August 2021. Beyond implementation of expanded ELC we will continue our work to create a more diverse ELC workforce which better reflects wider Scottish society. We continue to work with race equality groups and engage with employers to establish how best to attract more people from minority ethnic backgrounds into the profession. We currently estimate that the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) will require up to 8,244 additional staff across a range of roles. Working with intermediary groups such as the Council for Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organisations (CEMVO) is recognised in research published by Skills Development Scotland as effective practice in increasing recruitment. COVID-19 has seen the ELC sector focus on critical childcare and maintaining services, rather than recruitment. Indeed, the statutory duty on local authorities to deliver expanded ELC by August 2020, was temporarily removed during the initial phases of the outbreak. As of December 2020, that statutory duty was reinstated with the expansion of ELC now due to be delivered by August 2021. As local authorities begin recruitment again, we will continue to work with them to diversify the ELC workforce. We have shared the new race employment toolkit widely among stakeholders to further encourage good practice in this area.
Over 2018, we will introduce a new approach for local authorities and schools to record and monitor specific information on bullying incidents (including prejudice based bullying) and will identify any improvements required in SEEMiS, the information management system used by schools, working with COSLA, ADES and local authorities. Complete All recommendations from the dedicated short life working group were accepted by the Deputy First Minister in May 2018. In addition, the working group published supplementary guidance for local authorities and schools on 'Recording and Monitoring of Bullying Incidents in Schools'. The purpose of this guidance is to develop a consistent and uniform approach to recording and monitoring. There is an expectation that all local authorities and schools adopt the approach outlined in this guidance. An Operational Support Group was established to support LA's on a phased approach throughout 2018/19. The group was made up of local authority representatives, Education Scotland, Trade Union representatives, Scottish Government and respectme, Scotland's anti-bullying service. The group was chaired by the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES). The Operational Support Group met for the final time in March 2019. All schools were expected to record and monitor bullying incidents on SEEMiS, the schools information management system from August 2019. The Bullying and Equalities Module on SEEMiS was also updated to reflect the new approach. These improvements are now allowing schools to record any racist incidents that a pupil reports.
We will work with "respectme", Education Scotland, ADES and the Scottish Council for Independent Schools to identify how current anti-bullying approaches (including for prejudice based bullying) can be improved in schools by 2019. Complete respectme continues to work with local authorities, communities and other organisations working with children and young people, to build confidence and capacity to address bullying effectively. This includes reviewing, formulating, implementing and evaluating locally relevant anti-bullying policies on which stakeholders have been consulted and providing free training, information and support with guidelines, procedures and monitoring which includes racist bullying. As part of the Mentors in Violence Prevention training programme, Education Scotland has produced a number of Wakelets (online platforms for content) for school staff one of which looks at combatting prejudice and hate crime. The Wakelets include resources and signposting to help schools and empower young people to create inclusive and safe environments for minority ethnic young people. Education Scotland has also included information on prejudice-based bullying and hate crime in their Race Equality Wakelet and in the race equality resource that is being produced in partnership with Education Scotland, BEMIS and CRER.
We will work with Education Scotland and key organisations to review how the National Improvement Plan considers and delivers equality and intercultural competency training by the end of 2019. Complete As an action under the school improvement driver in the 2021 National Improvement Framework (NIF), the Scottish Government has developed an overarching programme of race equality and antiracism in education which encompasses 4 separate, but interlinked, workstreams: curriculum reform, racism and bullying, diversity in the teaching profession and school leadership and professional learning. It is underpinned by a whole-system approach, giving consideration to areas such as assessment and qualifications, initial teacher education, teacher professional development, and leadership. Equality and intercultural competency training is being rolled out as part of the Excellence in Headship programme and further updates on this can be found below.
We will fund a series of high level staff development seminars for leaders of Scottish education services to develop knowledge and capacity to lead, manage and deliver for race equality in their respective areas. Ongoing Guidance for all educators, whether working in establishments with learners aged 3-18 or in local authorities, was drafted on the principles of a whole school approach to race equality education and consultation has taken place with a wide range of stakeholders. Publication of this guidance has been delayed by the pandemic when there were challenges in gathering case studies which exemplify good practice. In addition, curriculum mapping development is now underway to support a whole school approach to race equality education, across all ages and stages of learning provision. When published, the guidance will support professional learning while the curriculum mapping will provide practical support for the implementation of a whole school approach. The group agreed two guiding principles for the supporting guidance:
  • Race Equality Educational resources are there to benefit all schools and pupils in Scotland. They are not only for schools with high numbers of minority ethnic pupils but can benefit all of the children of Scotland as we learn more about our communities and the diverse people who call Scotland home.
  • That our approach will be cognisant of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and be enhanced via engagement with the office of the Scottish Commissioner for Children and Young People. Ensuring that our race equality and human rights aspirations are complementary and mutually informative.
School leaders Excellence in Headship (EiH) has introduced new EiH Learn sessions focused on cultural identity and race equality. The first in a series of sessions on 'Socially Just Leaders' has already been delivered with the remaining 2 sessions taking place in 2021.
We will work with the short-term working group on Diversity in the Teaching Profession that has been established by the Strategic Board for Teacher Education, which will look at increasing the number of teachers from under-represented groups at all levels in Scottish schools over 2017-18. Complete The Diversity in the Teaching Profession working group's remit was to look at increasing the number of teachers from under-represented groups at all levels in Scottish schools. As part of this, the working group sought to address the barriers which prevent the number of teachers from minority ethnic groups progressing. This included considering how to develop more robust data collection methods to capture numbers of minority ethnic students as they progress through the Initial Teacher Education journey. The group was initially due to conclude in November 2020, but this was extended to Spring 2021, when the Chair published a final report which includes suggestions for how we sustain and make progress beyond the life of the group. This includes continuing to progress this workstream as part of Learning Directorate's recently established Race Equality in Education Programme.
We will encourage GTCS to increase the profile of equality and intercultural competence in their ongoing review of professional standards for teachers by summer 2019. Complete The General Teaching Council for Scotland revised draft Professional Standards for Scotland's Teachers were published and feedback was sought from a range of stakeholders. This feedback has been incorporated into the final drafts which were approved by GTCS Council in December 2020. Final publication of the new Standards is due in January 2021 with implementation in August 2021. The revised Standards now make specific references to ethnicity and 'challenging discrimination in all its forms'. In addition, GTCS have published an Equality and Diversity Guide as part of an Equality and Diversity Hub: GTCS Equality and Diversity Guide
In conjunction with the Scottish College for Educational Leadership and Education Scotland, we will review the "Into Headship" programme over 2018-2019 to ensure equality and intercultural competency training is embedded in it. Complete The Scottish College for Educational Leadership is now the Professional Learning and Leadership directorate within Education Scotland. Online modules for Into Headship: Education Law and Employment Law were reviewed for Cohort 6 and will be reviewed annually as part of ongoing evaluation processes to enhance content to support diversity in the profession. This action supports those aspiring to headship to understand the key role of school leadership play in creating inclusive school cultures and ensuring that institutional racism and lack of awareness of race issues are addressed and do not continue to act as blocks to the recruitment, promotion and retention of black and minority ethnic staff. Excellence in Headship (EiH) has introduced new EiH Learn sessions focused on cultural identity and race equality. These sessions are led by those with lived experience of race inequality. The first two in a series of sessions on 'Socially Just Leaders' have been delivered with the remaining session taking place later in 2021.
We will work with Education Scotland to consider the development of learning resources in partnership with Regional Collaboratives for subject teachers and PSE programmes that seek to broaden minority ethnic young people's knowledge and awareness of the range of future learning and career paths and challenge assumptions about expected direction of travel. Complete Education Scotland has finalised Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) equalities learning resource/toolkit (Learning Resource 7: Ensuring Equality of Opportunities) which incorporates aspects of race inequality, in particular Section 2.4 which is on widening pathways for children and young people who come from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. This has been promoted through our DYW National Network members and wider stakeholders. DYW Learning Resource 7 - Ensuring Equality of Opportunities Equalities resources have now also been added to the Developing the Young Workforce - Wakelet, in order to enhance understanding of teachers and practitioners in this area across education.
We will work with Education Scotland to develop professional learning resources in partnership with Regional Collaboratives for Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) staff, teachers and practitioners that raise awareness of minority ethnic employability issues and the priority actions that can help address these challenges. Complete Education Scotland, in partnership with stakeholders has been working with a group to review equalities, including race equality, in terms of education but with a particular focus on the world of work. A review of all of the Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Resources on the National Improvement Hub was undertaken and a themed approach created, with one theme being Equalities and Inclusion. Additional activity undertaken as part of this includes:
  • DYW National Leads establishing a working group, which includes local authority leads and other stakeholders, with a focus on equality.
  • The delivery of a set of 'Blethers' (online events) nationally, one of which was focused on equality.
  • Co-creation with partners of a
Learning Resource which focuses on equality and is one of a suite that focuses on supporting equality of opportunity. The resource incorporates aspects of race inequality, in particular Section 2.4 which is on widening pathways for children and young people who come from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.
The SFC will refresh and strengthen their commitment to promoting race equality in the 2018-20 Outcome Agreement guidance and to work with ECU, universities and colleges to support the implementation of the Race Equality Framework. Complete Outcome Agreement guidance for Colleges and Universities was updated in 2018 and again in 2019. Outcome Agreements set out institutions' commitments in support of SFC priorities over the three-years to 2019-20 to 2021-22. Whilst Outcome Agreements for 2019-20 were published, 2020-2021 agreements were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Current outcome agreement guidance asks that colleges and universities set evidence based equality outcomes. SFC has worked with EHRC to produce guidance for colleges and universities to support institutions set evidence based, measurable equality outcomes for the period 2021-2025.
The SFC will monitor the uptake of the Race Equality Charter Mark and report this to the Scottish Government by 2019. Ongoing One institution (Abertay) has been awarded the Race Equality Charter. Other institutions are working towards the charter framework.
The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) will provide an annual report on outcomes by racial group and, where necessary, will work with the Scottish Government to develop new measure for future OA guidance by March 2019. Complete The report was submitted to the Scottish Funding Council's Access & Inclusion Committee in November 2018 and published on the website: The Report on Widening Access published annually by the SFC, contains increased data regarding outcomes by racial group. Report on Widening Access In March 2020 SFC entered into a memorandum of understanding with the SFC. SFC Memorandum of Understanding with the EHRC As part of this a working group, which includes representation from Scottish Government, is progressing work to identify inequalities that persist in colleges and universities. This includes specific consideration of inequalities relevant to protected groups, including race and ethnicity. The current outcome agreement guidance asks that colleges and universities set evidence based equality outcomes. SFC has worked with EHRC to produce guidance for colleges and universities to support institutions set evidence based, measurable equality outcomes for the period 2021-2025.
Additional actions generated from Year 2 reprioritisation, the Black Lives Matter movement and/or COVID-19
Action Action Status Update
Development of COVID-19 risk assessment guidance for ME teachers and school staff. Ongoing An SG Risk Assessment tool for public sector employees was developed by Health Workforce colleagues. The tool includes ethnicity as a risk factor. We included a link to it in schools opening guidance with advice that minority ethnic staff should complete it if they wish to and can use it as part of the discussion with their employer to initiate a local risk assessment. We continue to liaise with Health Workforce colleagues and the Secretariat of the Expert Reference Group on COVID-19 and Ethnicity and will make any updates or revisions to the status quo based on their advice.
We will engage with relevant stakeholders to better enable our children and young people to learn about Scotland's colonial and slavery history and the real need to challenge racism, eliminate racial discrimination and advance equality. Ongoing The Black Lives Matter Movement and over 1000 pieces of correspondence received by Scottish Government in response, has created a significant new workstream in Learning Directorate. The key asks from the campaign which are relevant to Education in Scotland, include: ensuring that black history is taught in Scotland's schools, underrepresentation of ME teachers and ensuring that racist bullying is addressed robustly. Colleagues in Curriculum, Support and Wellbeing and Workforce Units have been working together along with Education Scotland to consider how to take these ambitions forward in collaboration with race equality and education stakeholders. A series of stakeholder engagement sessions were held, including meetings with young people and the Deputy First Minister and the Minister for Older People and Equalities. A new Race Equality in Education Programme with associated Programme Board and Stakeholder Network Group has been established. The former has met twice and the latter, which consists of education and race equality stakeholders has met once. It will develop actions which mitigate race inequality across 4 themes: Professional Leadership and Learning; Diversity in the Teaching Profession; Curriculum Reform and Racism and Bullying. These will be taken forward, in collaboration with stakeholders, and importantly young people, to affect meaningful and long term change.
Education Scotland will lead an expert group to develop an evidence based advice paper for practitioners outlining the principles of good quality race education which will be illustrated by case studies. Ongoing A draft advice paper 'Race Equality Education' has been created and case studies identified to exemplify this resource. Two new case studies were filmed before the Pandemic but further case studies were put on hold due to the pressures on schools during this period. A signposting wakelet for Race Equality education has been collated and launched in September 2020. This resource has been further enhanced by associated Education Scotland development work on curriculum mapping. This work will now be co-created with lead officers for equalities in Glasgow City Council who are engaged in a similar development with practitioners. Feedback on an early draft will be sought from groups representing Black and Minority Ethnic educators in order to shape the work as it develops further. The role of leadership and professional learning to support its effective implementation is recognised.
SG will work with ES to build capacity in the education workforce around REAP issues in the context of inclusion and equality. They will also continue to help others to broaden minority ethnic young people's knowledge and awareness of the range of future learning and career paths and challenge assumptions about expected direction of travel. Ongoing Education Scotland (ES) will continue to promote the equalities agenda throughout education through the National Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Leads Network resulting in including the draft of new recommendations. ES also offered national career-long professional learning webinars, incorporating Equalities and Inclusion into newly developed support offers and contributed to the DYW Regional Employer Sub-Group on equalities, for example through promoting national campaigns like #ajobforeverybody. This ensured that teachers and practitioners as well as stakeholders were able to better support those young people disproportionally affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Aspects of this work has also been taken forward through Education Scotland's Improving Gender Balance and Equalities Team.
The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) is leading work to support Scotland's colleges and universities take action in response to the findings of the EHRC inquiry into racial harassment in universities, published in October 2019. Benefitting from direction and expertise from staff and students with lived experience of racism a suite of awareness raising resources are in development. These resources will support institutions to raise awareness of the impact of racism and support individuals to access support networks and complaints procedures. Ongoing Following feedback from staff and students at an SFC led session supported by Scottish Government, Universities Scotland and the EHRC held in October 2019 to discuss the findings of the EHRC Inquiry Report, SFC and Advance HE established a working group led by and involving majority Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic members representing staff and students from Scotland's colleges and universities. This group has developed a range of resources and led and organised a successful series of webinars covering topics such as #BLM and Leadership conversations on race. Tackling racism on campus: Raising awareness and creating the conditions for confident conversations - Advance HE As a result of this work the principals of every university and nearly all colleges have signed up to a commitment to tackle racism on campus. Richard Lochhead, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, also signed up to this commitment which was launched at a webinar in September 2020. In total 6 webinars have taken place in 2020 to showcase the work produced under the direction of the majority Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic steering group. This webinar series exploring critical conversations on racism has been successful with over 2,500 participants taking part live, and roughly 3,000 total views. A final webinar is planned for 22 March and provide an opportunity to share the finalised resources and discuss the value of ensuring Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic voices contribute to the development of this work. Project resources include:
  • The creative concept and branding templates to help raise awareness of race equality and racial harassment across institutions. These consist of Social Media Images/Templates, Poster Template, and a Leaflet Template.
  • The Declaration against racism "Racism exists on our campuses and in our society. Call it what it is and reject it in all its forms. We stand united against racism." This Declaration was endorsed across the sector, by the SG, Ministers and SFC.
  • The 'Race Statement', developed by the steering group to help institutions understand and embed the necessary components of an effective strategic, whole institution approach to race equality.
  • A framework for embedding and considering race equality in governance, aligned to the 'Scottish Code for Good Higher Education Governance' (a similar framework is being developed for colleges).
  • Guidance on reporting racial harassment, aligned with the good practice and existing guidelines for Equally Safe and reporting gender based violence.
  • Workshop materials on race equality and racial harassment, which can be adapted/localised by an institution.
  • A living document and guide to micro-aggressions.
  • A race literacy glossary from The Anti-racist Educator, which has agreed for the project to signpost to the glossary as it is open source.
  • Video and animation to promote anti-racist messaging.
  • Anti-Racist Ally Stamp (email signature) for use by staff and students.
All resources, including anti-racist training, are currently being tested with a selection of FE and HE institutions, and following any necessary revisions will be available for use across all colleges and universities in Scotland from 22 March 2021. Other activity that is underway includes:-
  • A partnership with QAA that is developing guidance to inform an anti-racist curriculum
  • A working group that is developing guidance and practical resources to support inclusive recruitment and development so that colleges and universities can take action to address recruitment inequalities.

Contact

Email: charlie.goodwin@gov.scot