By Vicky Ankrah
Despite freezing temperatures and unexpected snow, parents braved the weather to come out to the University of Westminster to hear the truth about exclusions in UK schools. This was the fourth exclusions session run by PARC following from the first session held in Spring 2017.
There is undisputed disparity in the rates of exclusion among Black children compared to their peers. What makes matters worse is the fact that many parents are unfamiliar with the legal procedures and rights where exclusion is concerned.
In this session, Ade Banjoko, chair of PARC, gave attendees key information about how parents can address the school system and support a young person to make sure they are given fair treatment should they be at risk of exclusion or have been excluded.
Louise Brown, joint director of the organisation, took the opportunity to talk about the organisation’s launch of the Check your Bias campaign, which seeks to highlight the importance of teachers’ awareness of how their unconscious biases can impact negatively on the educational outcomes of children and young people.
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