David Evans, Wales secretary, National Education Union said:

"We welcome that the First Minister said today that the Welsh Government is working with Estyn to ensure BAME representation on the curriculum. We welcome that the planned Curriculum 2022 guidance includes a section on ‘diversity’ and includes equality and human rights education. But ‘race’ and ‘racism’ are only mentioned once. We believe that Wales has the opportunity with the Curriculum for Wales to promote an end to acts of race hate, that are not new, unique or disconnected. Schools must maintain the focus on embedding anti-racism organically through classroom resources, the use of role models and offering exposure to a diverse range of stories and examples." 

In this context, and irrespective of the timescale of any new review, we call on the Welsh Government to:

  • work with us, as we have already offered, to update advice for those undertaking a risk assessment, as stated in your ‘operational guidance', to ensure that to minimise risks to the wellbeing and safety of black and vulnerable workers and the communities in which they live, work and travel;
  • review the plans for the new Curriculum 2022 to ensure it embraces that Wales 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 ensure that every teacher in Wales receives anti-racism training focused around recognising, responding to and reporting racism, as well as challenging unconscious bias;
  • adopt a strategy to make the pipeline of new entrants to the teaching profession significantly more diverse over the next four years;
  • collect school and college data which always shows ethnicity, in order to identify and mitigate any issues.

Read the full text of the letter.

Currriculum and anti-racism letter to Education Minister

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