"The Race Conversation" Programme

A programme designed for School Leaders who want to increase their understanding, skills and confidence when discussing race.​

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"The Race Conversation" Programme

A programme designed for School Leaders who want to increase their understanding, skills and confidence when discussing race.

Context

Race is one of those topics that very few people find it easy to talk about. Conversations about race can often evoke a range of feelings and emotions; from anger, sadness, frustration, hurt, shame to many more in-between.

A common response is to divert the conversation, to discuss something else, so that feelings of discomfort can be assuaged and life can carry on as normal!

As commonplace as this diversionary tactic might be, it is unhelpful. Even more so in the context of schools, where our young people are looking to the ‘grown ups’ for guidance and advice.

Unfortunately, ‘How to have the race conversation’ has not been a constituent part of any formal training for teachers or School Leaders. Consequently, we have vast swathes of the teaching profession who lack confidence in this area.

Many of these individuals desire to live up to their Anti-Racist values. Yet occasionally, they experience deep emotional responses that limit their agency and ability to confidently address race-related issues. 

This is often because individuals have not yet learnt how to overcome feelings of discomfort and remain engaged in the race conversation. 

That’s why we’ve designed our new “Race Conversation Programme” to support and inspire teachers, governors and support staff. 

So that they are able to engage in conversations about race with increased levels of self-awareness, understanding and confidence.

Programme Structure

The programme consists of three x 2 hour, online sessions, on the following topics:

1

The Race Conversation: Understanding the dynamics

Date: here
Time: here

During this session participants will explore:

  • Insights gained from personal reflections on the topic of race
  • The emotional and psychological dynamics of the race conversation
  • Common reactive responses to the race conversation, their limitations and how to begin addressing them

2

The Race Conversation: Understanding factors that impact levels of confidence

Date: here
Time: here

During this session participants will explore:

  • Aspects of race socialisation and their impact on degrees of confidence and positions taken when engaged in the race conversation
  • Personal frames of reference regarding race and implications for the race conversation
  • The Drama Triangle and how it shows up in the race conversation

3

The Race Conversation: Steps to increasing confidence

Date: here
Time: here

During this session participants will explore:

  • What it takes to lean into uncomfortable spaces when having conversations about race
  • Behaviours and attitudes that support effective dialogue about race
  •  The Winner’s Triangle as a tool for supporting increased confidence in the race conversation

Aims

The programme aims to provide a space for individuals to:

  • Increase their understanding of the inter and intra-personal dynamics of the race conversation
  • Reflect on their own areas of strength, as well as areas for development and how progress might be made
  • Consider their own school contexts and how to up-skill themselves and others in order to facilitate productive conversations about race
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Benefits

    ’The Race Conversation’ Programme has been shown to help teachers, governors and support staff to: 

 

  • Consciously align their vocational values with their behaviours when addressing race-related matters
  • Facilitate greater bonds of connection, understanding and relationship with people of all races
  • Confidently and effectively talk about race and strategies for challenging racism

About Integrity Coaching

Racial Literacy Coaching will be delivered by an expert coach from Integrity Coaching.

Integrity Coaching is the UK’s leading provider of coaching and leadership development services for Headteachers and Senior School Leaders.

The coaching team is led by former Headteacher, Viv Grant who has a wealth of expertise and experience on strategies for developing best race equality practice in schools and raising achievement for Black Caribbean Pupils.

Her expertise in this area stems from her own experience as a Head and past engagements as an Education Consultant for the DfE and the former National College for School Leadership.

In the roles, Viv supported school improvement strategies linked to the achievement of black Caribbean pupils and co-authored related National Strategy Material.

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