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Anti-Racism Framework

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This framework was developed through a research project commissioned by the NEU and supported by internal funding from Newcastle University. The project was led by Professor Heather J Smith (PI, Newcastle University) and Professor Vini Lander (Co-I, Leeds Beckett University) with research support provided by Marsha
Garratt. The research project undertook a global literature review into anti-racism in teacher education which informed the development of a survey open to all initial teacher education providers in England. The survey was shared via UCET and NASBTT to capture all University and school centred providers. We worked with partners (Centre of Race Education and Decoloniality; Show Racism the Red Card; Universities of Sanctuary; BAME Ed Network; NEU; NALDIC) as consultors, co-producers and disseminators. The framework was devised in light of the findings of the global literature review and survey analysis. 

Why do we need a framework for anti-racism in ITE/T?

We began this project to generate new data and evidence for the publication of a freely available and widely disseminated, trusted, accessible and research-informed anti-racism framework for Initial Teacher Education/Training (such as PGCE and SCITT courses) in England. We understood this to be of vital importance to education more broadly given that reference to anti-racism is absent in current policy and hence there is no current guidance for ITE/T providers on anti-racism in ITE/T. This has led to a situation in which the most recent DfE survey, mirroring previous results, revealed that only 53% of newly qualified teachers, six months into their first post, felt well prepared to teach pupils “from all ethnic backgrounds” [sic] (53%) and only 39% felt well prepared to teach pupils with English as an additional language.

Framework Documents

The following documents open directly from within the anti-racism framework, but are here also for ease of access: 

Global Literature Review

Global Literature Chart - Themes by Country

Survey Analysis

Anti Racism Framework Complete Part 1

Anti Racism Framework Complete Part 2

Part 1 and Part 2 must be saved together in the same folder then extracted.


The following resources are produced by ITE/T colleagues who responded to the survey. These are also accessible directly from within the anti-racism framework.

Resource 1

Resource 2 Example Practice

Resource 3 Laddering Activity

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences