Response to The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities: The Report (31 March 2021)
The Centre for Research on Race and Education is disappointed in the findings of the Race and Ethnic Disparities report.
Evidence provided by the Centre for Research on Race and Education shows that structural and institutional racism plays a key role in the experiences of Black and minority ethnic students in education; quantitative data can be used in false and misleading ways leading to claims which perpetuate the ‘white working class victim’ discourse in education. Furthermore, schools and policy making reinforces a ‘deficit discourse’ of under achievement for Black and minority ethnic pupils. We suggest significant changes in teacher training and the curriculum are needed to include aspects of Black history to fully acknowledge and address racial inequalities in education.
The Centre will continue to interrogate the report and provide further analysis and commentary at a later date.
For further information see The Sewell report displays a basic misunderstanding of how racism works