According to a councilman, school administrators in Liverpool are “shying away” from the subject of institutional racism in the city’s schools.
In a study, Tom Logan criticized “mostly white school leadership” and poor statistics on racial events.
Institutional racism exists to varying degrees in every school in this city, he claimed.
Beginning in September, a new race equalities officer will work with the city’s schools.
The difficulties were brought up by Mr. Logan, the cabinet member for education and skills for Liverpool City Council, in a report to the education and skills select committee, according to The Local Democracy Reporting Service.
The bulk of the leadership in all of our institutions has historically been white, so this remark shouldn’t raise any eyebrows, according to Mr. Logan.
“However, there are still some school administrators who are reluctant to admit they have a problem.
“We need to go ahead as an education community, supporting schools on a path to transformation in order to start addressing this, and the symptomatic concerns affecting children and parents,” the author writes.
As of right now, schools are not compelled to provide central reports of instances of racism, which, according to Mr. Logan, makes it difficult for the council to “understand the prevalence and handle the issue” owing to “lack of solid data.”
But starting in September, schools will be required to report cases of racism to the police and council, even though the council won’t have the authority to decide how to discipline a school.
The new racial equality officer in education will collaborate with schools to handle data collecting and make efforts to boost the proportion of black teachers.
We must advance as a community in the education sector, supporting schools as they undergo transformation, according to Mr. Logan.