#beboldforchange

Be Bold For Change

On Wednesday 8th March it was International Women’s Day; a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and to call for action in accelerating gender parity. This is part of a series of events marking March as International Women’s month. To celebrate women’s achievements and to highlight some of the Read More

Theresa May

Open Letter to Theresa May: Why you must stand up to Trump, in your own words.

Dear Theresa May, These are uncertain times: at the same time that the UK is in the midst of Brexit negotiations we are faced with the tumultuous transition between American Presidents. As Prime Minister, it is of course of political necessity to tread carefully, and to try to protect the security of the UK by Read More

People at JFK airport protesting the Msulim Ban

First they came for the Muslims… Donald Trump’s Abhorrent Muslim Ban.

By Sarah Soyei: sarah@equaliteach.co.uk The 27th of January is International Holocaust Memorial Day; a day which provides a reminder for people from across the world to stop and remember the millions of people who lost their lives in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides across the world. One of the key messages is “Never Again”. We Read More

Transgender Kids - who knows best

Transgender Kids: Who knows best? Not the BBC, it seems…

By Kate Hollinshead: kate@equaliteach.co.uk On Thursday 12th January, the BBC aired what they called a ‘balanced documentary’ entitled ‘Transgender Kids: Who knows best?’ According to the BBC website, the programme’s aim was to scrutinise the new ‘gender affirmative approach’ to children, which means fully supporting children’s change of identity. The film also presented Dr Kenneth Read More

Calais Mural

Choose Love: My Volunteer Experience In Calais

By Rachel Elgy: rachel@equaliteach.co.uk Over the Christmas break, I spent four days volunteering in Calais with the grassroots charity Help Refugees. Naturally, in the days since, people have been asking me, ‘How was Calais?’ It’s not an easy question to answer, particularly because I’m not sure that my answer is exactly the answer people might Read More

Far-Right Crop

The Far-Right: Hiding in Plain Sight?

By Kate Hollinshead: kate@equaliteach.co.uk Two weeks ago I delivered a workshop on critical thinking with year 5 pupils in a primary school in East London. At the beginning of the workshop, we played a game where groups of young people had to decide who they would and would not like to invite to a dinner Read More

Semenya gold medal

Breaking the Binary: Caster Semenya and a Very Public Scrutiny

By Kate Hollinshead: kate@equaliteach.co.uk Type the name Caster Semenya into Google and the first suggested search that comes up is ‘Caster Semenya man.’ Click on the trending topic ‘Caster Semenya’ on Twitter or Facebook and the comments that appear are: ‘Caster Semenya sparks controversy again as she wins the 800m’ ‘It’s unfair that Semenya is Read More

All Inclusive

All Inclusive? Tackling Disability-Related Bullying in Schools

“I don’t think that Halle Berry could have a disability, she’s really pretty and I’ve seen her in films and she’s not in a wheelchair or anything, she can do stuff” “James Cracknell looks normal, so he can’t be disabled” Over the past five months we have had the pleasure of working with hundreds of Read More

Privilege

Check your Privilege!

  The phrase ‘check your privilege’ can sometimes cause a great deal of anger and has led commentators such as Louise Mensch and Dan Hodges to scornfully decry it as nonsense. However, the phrase was never designed to be an insult or a weapon. It is a reminder that our experiences may not be the Read More