Introduction to Anti-Racist Curriculum Development

Introduction to Anti-Racist Curriculum Development is a guide for teachers, aimed at supporting better practice in Scotland's schools.

All teachers in Scotland should feel confident in building a curriculum that meets the needs of a diverse range of learners and improves relationships between children and young people. This can feel like a challenge when divisive influences, bias and stereotypes are present in our society. Anti-racist approaches can help to mitigate against these influences, creating a better environment for learning.

The guide outlines why anti-racist approaches are important in curriculum development, and explores the barriers that have hampered race equality in education. It then goes on to explore three key components for developing anti-racist approaches to curriculum development:

•    Decolonising the curriculum
•    Building intercultural competence
•    Reducing racism, prejudice and discrimination

It also includes a self-reflection template to help teachers to consider their work from an anti-racist perspective.

A customisable Word version of the template can be downloaded here.

Get involved!

Focusing on action that makes a genuine difference is a vital part of any anti-racist approach. That's why we're looking for educators to help us to understand the impact of the guide. Please take this short survey before reading the guide. If you agree, we'll follow up with you in a few months to find out what's changed in your views and practices. 

Take the Survey

We're also looking for schools to help us look in more depth at how the guide can be used most effectively as part of a whole school approach to anti-racism. Please get in touch with our Deputy Director, Carol Young, if your school would be interested in this:

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