The 5 recommendations are as follows:

  • Provide immediate advice to employers in the education sector about the racial disparities in the pandemic in order to minimise risks to the wellbeing and safety of Black workers and the communities in which they live, work and travel
  • Review the curriculum to ensure it embraces the fact that Britain is rooted in Black and global history, achievement and culture and includes the achievements of Black Britons; as recommended by the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry.
  • Commit to review Initial Teacher Training to equip all trainee teachers with anti-racist strategies and tools, for the benefit of all students.
  • Adopt a strategy to make the pipeline of new entrants to the teaching profession significantly more diverse over the next four years. 
  • Learn from the Windrush Review and develop a plan to teach about the history of the UK and its relationship to the rest of the world – including Britain's colonial history and the history of migration. 

Dr Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney joint general secretaries of the National Education Union said:

"We will publish an anti-racist framework for schools and colleges this term to build the capacity of education and professional skills to challenge racism.

"We believe that, irrespective of the timelines of any new review, Ministers need an anti-racist strategy and immediate action plan if you are to make real change and harness the potential of education."

Read the full letter below:

Letter to the PM on 5 recommendations for urgent action to tackle racism

We believe that UK elected politicians must acknowledge that acts of race hate are not new, unique or disconnected.