The council's anti-racist education strategy was approved by councillors in November 2020.
Individual schools determine their own approaches to tackling racism. We have no powers to force them to follow our strategy.
The racial literacy training referred to in our strategy is for teachers – to support them in their role as educators.
It isn’t mandatory. Each school makes its own individual decisions on this. The training includes supporting teachers to deliver lessons that explore issues of race and racism.
The chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s children, young people and skills committee, Councillor Hannah Clare, said:
“We are proud of the work being developed in Brighton & Hove’s schools to ensure all pupils and students feel safe and have a positive sense of belonging.
“It has been co-developed with people affected by racism, and addresses the urgent need to tackle issues that have historically led to inequalities for people of colour.
“Education settings have confirmed that there is a need for this strategy and commitment to the work.
“It includes behaviour management, recruitment and retention of staff and helping young people understand the complex issues of race.
“We have had overwhelmingly positive feedback on our strategy from the city’s Advisory Council for Religious Education, headteachers and other school staff, governors, parents, pupils, councillors and community organisations.
“This work is vital and we are proud of the positive feedback it has had so far, but it is clear once again that this work will never be done.
“Inequalities continue to exist in our society and we will do our bit to break down barriers and make our city fairer."