On 17th November, Katherin and Valentina gave a workshop titled Inequalities and bias in schools: reasons, research and reactions at the University of Edinburgh. The event was organised by the Moray House – School of Education and Sport as a Professional learning seminar open to a wide variety of school and education practitioners from Edinburgh.
The interactive workshop gave an overview over ‘traditional’ and recent academic research on socioeconomic and ethnic inequalities in education and the role of teacher-student relationships. Reflective, creative group activities guided the discussions, encouraging participants to critically discuss BIPE preliminary findings on teacher bias and share their own experiences and views, whilst giving them the opportunity to develop strategies for their classrooms and schools to tackle bias and inequalities.
Participant feedback was very positive highlighting the importance and impact of such activities. Participants said that the workshop empowered them not only to be more critical and perceptive of the biases and inequalities that occur in school, but also to be more confident in challenging such biases and inequalities. For example, one teacher highlighted how the workshop motivated themselves and other teachers to:
[…] reflect on their biases and work out why certain [student] behaviours are viewed as being more able or capable […and to] realise the system also has biases within it: work has to be done at an individual level at first but schools as institutions need to also reflect/change.
If you are interested in hearing more about our teacher workshops, further information can be found on our flyer.
Slides from the workshop can be found on our ‘Teaching materials’ page.