Articles from Black FE Leadership Group (BFELG)

Why the passing of Sir William McPherson is a reason for FE to assess its record on institutional racism

Sir William McPherson, the judge who presided over the inquiry into Stephen Lawrence’s murder, passed away on 14th February. The sad news, announced by his family, came almost precisely 22 years after the publication of his seminal report following Stephen’s untimely death. Sir William and his report have left a lasting legacy, instilling the concept of “institutional racism” in the British narrative and psyche.

A Christmas message from the BFELG: why Johnny Mathis sounds different this year!

I openly confess to a tendency to reminisce at this time of the year, usually through the medium of the ubiquitous festive tunes that seem impossible to avoid - despite trying my darndest to do so! So as we set for a long goodbye to the most tumultuous year that I sincerely hope the world ever has to encounter, the rhyme and reason of The Pogues, John Lennon and Johnny Mathis unconsciously come to prominence. 

Why the ‘Blue-Eyed, Brown-Eyed’ Experiment is even more relevant 50 years on……

We needed to tackle inequality in a way that is intrinsic to the way we operate. We finally worked out how.... Having spent the majority of my career as a psychology teacher, I have always drawn on Jane Elliott’s famous ‘blue eyes, brown eyes’ experiment to impress upon my students how devastating discrimination can be.

Further Education leadership, governance and management is at a crossroads

A call to action to all FE Chairs….  Further Education leadership, governance and management does not adequately represent the make-up of some of the communities it serves.

Gillian Keegan pledges to eliminate racism and to address racial inequalities in FE

#BlackHistoryMonth - Black @FELeadership Group (BFELG) welcomes the Department of Education (@EducationGovUK) and @GillianKeegan's response to its recent Open Letter to Address Systemic Racism in Further Education.

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