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04 July 2016
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4 July 2016

Commenting ahead of today’s EBacc debate at Westminster Hall, Kevin Courtney, Acting General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The National Union of Teachers welcomes the Westminster Hall debate on the Government’s English Baccalaureate. The NUT shares the concerns of those across the education service about EBacc’s narrow and prescriptive nature and the marginalisation of creative, artistic and technical learning.

“The Government needs to consult with teachers and other educational stakeholders about the creation of a broad and balanced curriculum that allows students to follow their particular interests and provides a range of learning experiences. Clearly there needs to be sufficient funding and resources for schools to achieve this. Cuts to school funding are already having an impact on the subjects offered to young people, particularly in the arts. To balance the books, many drama, music and arts teachers are being made redundant and classes in these subjects dropped.

“EBacc is making some subjects ‘second class’ and the funding cuts means teachers of those subjects are made redundant or not replaced. Our country and our children are losing out as a result.

“The NUT’s strike action tomorrow is drawing attention to the issue of school funding and the negative impact it is having on schools, children and teachers. The message to Government is simple: education cuts never heal. We owe it to this and future generations that Government invests in education.”

04 July 2016
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www.teachers.org.uk

4 July 2016

Christine Blower & Leroy Rosenior appointed Vice Presidents of Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC)

Christine Blower, the former General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and Leroy Rosenior, former West Ham United player have both agreed to become Vice Presidents of Show Racism the Red Card and support the organisation with the ongoing development of anti-racism educational programmes.

They join the charity’s co-founder, former Trinidad & Tobago and Newcastle United FC goalkeeper Shaka Hislop, who serves as Honorary President, in helping to raise the profile of the organisation and endorse the positive impacts of anti-racism education.

During her time as General Secretary of the NUT, Christine Blower was a vocal and dedicated advocate of SRtRC; someone who consistently recognised the importance of the role of education in breaking the cycle of inter-generational racism within the UK and supporting young people in the rejection of hate.

Leroy Rosenior was one of the pioneers of SRtRC’s unique and celebrated delivery model which utilises current and former professional footballers and other sporting role models to engage young people in safe and responsible discussions about racism, prejudice and discrimination.

Christine Blower and Leroy Rosenior are available for comment on the 4 July.

Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card said:

“Christine Blower and Leroy Rosenior are long standing supporters of our campaign’s anti-racism work and have agreed to become Vice Presidents of SRtRC. Christine will be helping us build support in both the education sector and in particular the London region. Leroy will work closely with Christine in building support with London councils, trade unions, football clubs and other relevant organisations.”

“It’s been an awful week for anti-racism campaigns and campaigners, with a big spike in racist incidents following last week’s EU referendum. There have been some truly shocking incidents on public transport, in the streets and reports of bullying and abuse in schools. On Monday, Show Racism the Red Card called for solidarity with those experiencing prejudice, stating “SRtRC believe that as a society we must continue to stand up against the kind of prejudicial incidents reported in the press this weekend and not allow a media narrative to suggest that racism and discrimination are somehow an inevitable consequence to the decision to leave the European Union.”

“In the eyes of some of those who hold racist views, the referendum result legitimised these opinions and emboldened them to act on those views.”

“However, those racist ideas were already there. That’s why SRtRC is in its 20th year of existence. Racism grows and left unchallenged can escalate.”

Tell Mama have just reported a 326% rise in anti-Muslim abuse and attacks in 2015. Racism is a real and present problem in 21st Century Britain.”

Christine Blower said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as a Vice President of Show Racism the Red Card alongside Leroy Rosenior with whom I expect to work closely and well. I am passionate about the work of Show Racism the Red Card. Racism has no place in our society. Through education we can challenge attitudes and change minds. There is however, much to do. I want to be a part of helping teachers to do this important work.”

New Vice President Leroy Rosenior said: "I'm absolutely delighted to have been appointed a Vice President of Show Racism the Red Card. Especially alongside two people who I greatly respect in Christine Blower and Shaka Hislop. I really hope I can help in continuing the outstanding work that that this organisation has achieved over the last 20 years. "

Honorary President Shaka Hislop was quick to endorse both Christine and Leroy saying “I’d like to take a moment to welcome Christine and Leroy as Vice-Presidents of Show Racism The Red Card. Their experience, knowledge and determination are welcomed ingredients to the campaign’s founding principles. At a time when the discourse around race and politics has become increasingly polarized and noxious, the call to the silent majority has become more urgent. Thank you Christine and Leroy for heeding that call. Welcome and God-Speed.”

Notes for Editors

Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racism educational charity, founded in 1996, that uses the high-profile status of football and football players to help tackle racism in society. The campaign's primary output is education with young people and adults in their schools, workplaces and at events held in football stadiums around Britain.

Show Racism the Red Card works comprehensively across Great Britain delivering anti-racism education to more than 50,000 beneficiaries each year.

Alongside dedicated work in schools throughout the UK, SRtRC visits clubs in all four divisions in England each season to host educational events with local school pupils and professional footballers, ex-professionals, managers, coaches and high-profile members of the community.

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