Interventions can come in a variety of formats, from one to one sessions to assemblies. Below are just a few of the services we can provide your school:
- Assemblies, classroom sessions, lectures and workshops
- 121s and group sessions, with perpetrators and victims
- Restorative justice sessions and conflict resolution
- Policy and procedural advice and guidance
- Teacher and staff training
Incidents in school
Any incident within a school can have a fractious effect, disrupting both directly and indirectly involved pupils, and potentially becoming a source of resentment if the situation is not resolved satisfactorily.
With Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) children making up 28% of students in state primary schools and around 24% of pupils in secondary schools1 (a number that is set to rise steadily year on year for the foreseeable future), ensuring cultural harmony among this growing student population is essential in securing a brighter, better future for all.
We have found that an increasing amount of work within schools is focused on homophobic and transphobic hate crime, as we try to both help victims, and raise awareness amongst their peers about what it means to be gay or transgender.
Sometimes, our work in schools is the outcome of supporting individual students (and their parents) who have been the victim of a hate crime. We can offer support through restorative justice, attending meetings, working with perpetrators (and/or victims), and even help institutions create or update their policies and procedures regarding hate crime.
SARI are available to mediate disputes between all involved in the teaching process, be that students, teachers or parents.
Our education team is well equipped for delivering within a classroom setting. These sessions allow for a more indepth look at hate crime. We use a range of teaching and learning techniques to deliver sensitive topics in a safe, interactive and engaging way. Our education team can address any of the hate crimes e.g. racist, disablist, homophobic bullying through these session. In addition, we offer 'cultural carousels' which offers an insight into two or more cultures and is a fun, informal exploration of difference and diversity.
Our assemblies are designed to address hate crime as a whole or to focus specifically on one area in line with the schools’ priority. They also support schools in delivering a message of zero tolerance. Our assemblies deal with all forms of school-based hate crime through thought provoking, challenging presentations designed to raise awareness of the impact such behaviour has on the victim.
All of our sessions, whether classroom or assembly, can be tailored to meet certain age requirements or include information on a specific area that is relevant to your objectives. We pride ourselves on providing a fun learning environment in which children and young adults feel comfortable to ask difficult questions and explore new ideas, and are in general a celebration of diversity.
Staff & Governor Training
Exactly what constitutes a hate incident or hate crime is not common knowledge, and what to do when confronted by one is even less so; by informing and preparing teachers about hate incidents and hate crime, the risk of minor matters escalating into more serious situations is significantly reduced. Just by improving the level of understanding among staff, you will foster a more inclusive and capable atmosphere that in turn leads to more easily resolved issues when they do occur.
Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) children make up 30% of students in state primary schools and around 25% of pupils in secondary schools; a number that is set to rise steadily year on year for the foreseeable future. Ensuring cultural harmony among this growing student population is essential in securing a brighter, better future for all, and widening the cultural awareness of their teachers is an important step toward this.
Events and festivals
As well as our casework and training services, we also have a mission to prevent and deter hate crime offending. We deliver a number of interventions to schools and other educational establishments that cover issues such as hate crime, equality, diversity and humans rights issues. We are experienced in providing sessions relevant to the multitude of religious and cultural events that take place throughout the year; from Diwali to IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia), we are able to provide an informative and entertaining session capable of both raising awareness and educating pupils. Previous sessions have touched on:
- Holocaust Memorial Day
- Black History Month
- Refugee Week
- Chinese New Year
These topics and sessions can be customised to suit your needs.