Racial inequalities within Sheffield’s education sector addressed in public hearing

Sheffielders have been invited to attend events this week, which will see the city’s Race Equality Commission examine evidence concerning racial inequalities in the city’s education settings.

By Lisa Wong
Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 4:16 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 4:17 pm

Sheffield Race Equality Commission was established last year to look at the nature, extent and causes of racism and racial disparities in the city and how to tackle them.

This week’s hearings will focus on education and will include testimonies of witnesses from across the city’s education industry on their experiences of racial inequalities in the sector and what they’re doing to tackle the issue.

Chair of Sheffield Race Equality Commission, Prof Kevin Hylton, said: “The commission has received evidence from local residents, community and larger organisations, and strategic bodies that span the early years through to higher education.

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Kevin Hylton, chair of Sheffield Race Equality Commission.

“The hearings will assist the Race Equality Commission to explore in more depth issues and concerns in education that affect students, staff, communities and organisations with the responsibility to provide quality education and employment opportunities for all.

“The Race Equality Commission is still taking submissions of evidence from anyone wishing to share their experience of racism, its causes, and impacts. The commission is also inviting examples of good practice that can be shared more widely across the sector.”

Evidence will help form the basis of a report, which will be published at the end of this year.

It is hoped actions are identified that can be taken by the city itself, which require external intervention, or a combination of both.

The second part of the education hearing will be available to watch via Zoom on Thursday May 27, 10am-4.30pm.

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