For the classroom 11-16

Beauty in diversity: embedding anti-racist practices through RS

The growth of RS at the Winstanley School in Leicester has been an exciting journey that began nearly four years ago. I was recruited as Head of RS across the LiFE Multi- Academy Trust, which involved the brief of raising the profile of RS across two secondary schools. It was soon after accepting the position I came to understand that RS teaching was minimal at one school and non-existent at the other. On top of that, I would be a department of one. It seemed daunting at the time. However, the excitement of the opportunity to create a curriculum area with strong foundations far outweighed any unnerving feelings. Furthermore, the Head Teacher of the Winstanley School, Dave Bennett, MBE, is an RS specialist, and even won ‘Teacher of the Year’ in 2001. I felt confident that working with Dave, RS would definitely grow in his school.

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