The Building Racial Literacy (BRL) programme, developed by Education Scotland, is a programme that gets extremely positive reviews and is always in high demand. The application process for a newly announced cohort has just opened. To find the application form visit: https://professionallearning.education.gov.scot/learn/programmes/building-racial-literacy/ and look for “Applying for the programme”
The number of applications has been extremely high in cohorts 1-3. With that in mind, Education Scotland are prioritising specific groups for inclusion in this cohort. AHDS membership categories are at the top of these priority groups (school leaders PT and beyond) as are applications from people based in Eilean Siar and Shetlands (local authorities that haven't been represented on previous BRL cohorts).
Participants on the Building Racial Literacy programme are expected to commit to all the programme dates. The programme is facilitated online, with an optional smaller, in-person induction for the nationally-identified priority group, headteachers. With this in mind, the key dates for the programme are published at the outset - if you can't commit to them all, please don't apply for this cohort:
Recommended Welcome Webinar: 30th October (4pm)
Induction Part 1: Monday 13th November (2 - 5pm)
Induction Part 2: Thursday 23rd November (2 - 5pm)
Webinar 1: Monday 4th December (4pm - 5:30pm)
Webinar 2: Monday 22nd January (4pm - 5:30pm)
Webinar 3: Tuesday 6th February (4pm - 5:30pm)
Sharing the Learning Summit: Friday 15th March (9am - 4pm)
Further anti-racist professional learning, resources and opportunities:
Earlier this year, the Scottish Council of Deans launched this new national framework developed by Dr Khadija Mohammed: Launch of new National Anti-Racism Framework for Initial Teacher Education | News | Education Scotland
These Anti-Racist Curriculum Principles have been developed to support learners, educators and leaders understand what an anti-racist curriculum can mean in practice: Breaking the mould: Principles for an anti-racist curriculum | Resources | Education Scotland
The BRL Creative Reporter had the pleasure of working with one of our past participants and her anti-racist groups to develop this powerful video capturing children’s perspectives on the importance of anti-racism in education: Building Racial Literacy | Newark Primary School (glowscotland.org.uk)
Literacy and Curriculum Network (LECN) - Anti Racism through the lens of Literacy (office.com) (14th September). This webinar will be exploring the Anti-Racist Curriculum Principles in the context of Literacy.