Racism – How to Identify it and Intervene Respectfully

This course is an exploration of our understanding of structural racism in the UK and provides a good foundation for anyone wanting to be a responsible ally. Are you working with young people, but struggling with conversations about race? Are you worried that you have been getting it wrong when it comes to race? Do you have questions about race that you are afraid to ask? This course is for you.


Racism is a real problem in the UK, but it is much more hidden and covert than it has been in the past. People know its not ok to say the ’N-word’, but sadly, racism has permeated British society much more deeply than this. On this course we will help redefine the idea of racism and explain the complex nature of its modern day manifestation. We will explore how to talk with young people about race and particularly how to challenge when racism occurs.  

To achieve this, we need to start with ourselves. We will cover the idea of Unconscious Bias making us react differently to people based on our socialisation. We will cover the concept of White Privilege making it difficult for white people to get into the shoes of someone of another race. We will cover the concept of micro-aggressions that are difficult to report to a superior because they may be misconstrued as a mere “interpretation” of the situation and not an incident of racism. We will introduce the idea of the “racism binary”, and how we need to become more accountable for our own actions, and instead of getting offended, take responsibility when someone says something we did or said was racist. This can lead to a much more useful conversation than trying to defend yourself  by saying “I’m not racist”. 

When we live in a world where racism doesn’t exist, only then can we say “I don’t see colour”, because it does exist, and it does have an impact on peoples lives. 

When racist incidents happen, people get hurt. Unfortunately, it is an all too familiar feeling for a lot of people in the UK who have been forced to accept it as part of life. Most of these situations will never be resolved, because they will never be reported. Poor handling of racist incidents teach young people not to say anything, thinking it will only make the situation worse. A lot of people believe that racism is never going away, because their experiences have confirmed this belief. There is a lot of work to be done, and the time is now. 

This course is an exploration of our own socialisation and personal expressions of race, which will leave you feeling positive and hopeful about the future. Be bold, and join us on this journey into the ever growing multicultural melting pot. Enquire for more information about this thought provoking training day. 

Learning objectives 

  • Develop understanding of modern racism in the UK
  • Strengthen knowledge of key terminology 
  • Understanding how to think like an “Ally” 
  • Explore strategies for dealing with racism when we encounter it 
  • Developing our confidence and ability to hold conversations with young people about race 
We specialise in autism in mainstream schools, inclusion of students with disabilities, education psychology, autism education, community building and training on inclusion.
We specialise in autism in mainstream schools, inclusion of students with disabilities, education psychology, autism education, community building and training on inclusion.

Who is it for?

  • Leadership teams seeking guidance and reflection 
  • Multi Agency Teams
  • Social workers
  • CAMHS teams
  • Year Managers
  • Primary and secondary staff teams
  • College staff
  • Early Years and School based Practitioners
  • Heads and Deputies
  • SENCOs
  • Advanced Skills Teachers
  • Primary and secondary teachers
  • Local Authority Support Services
  • Voluntary Organisations
  • People who want to “get it right”



  • What makes a good welcome?
  • Why don’t we talk about race?
  • History of racism in the UK
  • Definition of modern racism – how racism manifests in a post-racist world
  • Unconscious bias 
  • The ‘racism binary’ – taking accountability for our words/actions
  • Examining our privilege 
  • What does your race mean to you?


  • Trust and difference exercises – how can we become more trustworthy?
  • What is good Allyship? What to do and what not to do
  • Strategies for dealing with racism incidents 
  • Restorative Justice 
  • How can we create dialogue with young people about race?
  • Affinity groups 
  • What does the ideal workplace/school look like?
  • What actions will we take away?

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