Student Anti Racism Workshops

Our anti-racist student sessions encompass
  • Understanding racism (and other forms of discrimination through a historical lens)
  • Racial literacy
  • Recognising bias and microaggressions
  • Moving from a bystander to an upstander
Anti-racist student workshops for students in years 6- 8 (In conjunction with Every Future Foundation)

Delivered over 3 1.5 hours sessions or in a single half-day sitting, these workshops include breakout activities, debates, and learning games that help children understand the experiences of others, apply more empathetic and thoughtful thinking, grow in racial literacy, and understand overt and covert forms of discrimination such as microaggressions and how they manifest.

  • The 3 levels of racism – Personal racism, institutional racism, and internal racism
  • Activities to analyse how racism can show up in day-to-day life
  • Debates on how diversity benefits everyone
  • Exploring untold stories in British history
  • Exploring the dangers of not understanding our history
  • Dispelling myths
  • Exploring positive role models
  • The importance of self-belief
  • The importance of allyship
  • Exploring and presenting ideas to combat racism for a better future
Understanding racism and UK based anti-racist movements for students in years 10-13

This half-day session consisting of an interactive presentation and workshop will help all students to understand and contextualise the history behind the current day anti-racism movements within the UK and consider how that has impacted racial inequality, biases, stereotypes, microaggressions, and prejudice. Students will walk away with practical tools to address microaggressive thinking and actions that might occur in their own school environments and grow in racial literacy.

The presentation will explore:

  • History of race and discrimination
  • History of major migration groups to the UK
  • Experiences on arrival – exploring areas such as housing, employment, and schooling
  • Tracking those experiences into structural inequality today such as health, education, employment, and group economics
  • Equality & equity
  • Understanding bias and where it comes from

The workshops will explore:

  • Understanding bias
  • Understanding microaggressions
  • Racial literacy

The microaggressions in the workshops can be informed by staff, students, and/or those that ACEN facilitators commonly come across, both inside & outside of the school environment.

From bystander to upstander

This 1.5 hour session consisting of a short presentation and interactive workshop will allow students to work through multiple forms of discrimination examples and consider students will work through the concepts of allyship and upstander intervention. We recommend that this training occurs after a microaggression workshop so that students have gained the confidence to recognise and challenge the more subtle forms of discrimination that largely constitute the issues reported in education settings.

The discrimination examples can be informed by staff, students, and/or those that ACEN facilitators commonly come across, both inside & outside of the school environment.