Morley Schools leading the way in race equality

Morley schools have led the way once again – this time in keeping our classrooms and communities free from race discrimination.

I was lucky enough to be at the Stephen Lawrence Awards ceremony in Leeds last Friday, where Blackgates Primary School picked up a Level 3 Award – the highest level possible.

The Awards were developed by Leeds schools in response to the tragic murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993. They aim to help schools promote race equality by formally recognising and ‘kitemarking’ good practice in schools.

The Morley family of schools has been pioneering the awards from the start. They were the first group of schools to form a united voice against racism – recognising that their campaign would be stronger if they worked together.

Seventeen schools across Morley came together, along with local community figures and business representatives, to create a truly ground-breaking approach to tackling racist bullying and negative attitudes in our schools, our streets, and our towns.

I’m delighted that Morley has been at the forefront of this work. A Stephen Lawrence Award is a sign of a good school. It means they’re committed to doing all they can to show that racism has no place in their school and that pupils understand different cultures and backgrounds.

I want to do more to spread what local schools are doing to other areas where it can also make a real difference. That’s why we’re inviting education staff from around the country to a special conference in Leeds next year to see how it’s done.

So congratulations to all the schools and communities involved for their work to combat racism – and especially to Blackgates for receiving the top Award.

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Posted October 12th, 2009 by Ed