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Another attack on multiculturalism

Read the latest blog by Andy Gregg, ROTA Chief Executive. David Cameron has launched another attack on multiculturalism as part of his attack on Islamist extremism. “Timid politicians with a ‘misplaced’ fear of offending..... continue >>> Read more

Best Practice Case Study of the Week - 2 December 2013

2 December 2013

Equality impact assessment leads to changes in taxi licensing services, promoting driver safety and improving relations with BME drivers [1]

A review of feedback and complaints to the taxi and private hire licensing service of Bristol City Council identified a number of complaints from drivers who felt that they were not being treated fairly by the Council. The majority of drivers were from black and...Read more

Free schools failing on equalities, new research shows


Free schools failing on equalities, new research shows

Race on the Agenda (ROTA) has published new research that shows that free schools are failing to comply with statutory requirements on equality.

The research appears soon after the recent Ofsted inspection of the Al-Madinah free school in Derby, which found that statutory requirements, including those on equality, were not being met.

The Equality Act 2010 requires all schools, including free schools,...Read more

Free schools failing on equalities, new research shows

New research from Race on the Agenda (ROTA) shows that free schools are failing to comply with statutory requirements on equality.

The public sector equality duty (PSED) exists to support schools to tackle unlawful discrimination, meet diverse needs, identify and address the reasons for different educational outcomes for different groups, and create school environments where all pupils feel valued and safe from all kinds of bullying and harassment.

The Equality Act 2010 requires all schools, including free schools, to fulfil the public sector equality duty. By 6 April 2012...Read more

Findings and Recommendations from the Shaping the Future Seminar Series, November 2011 – February 2013

Between November 2011 and February 2013, ROTA delivered the Shaping the Future seminar series, which considered some of the main challenges facing London’s BAME children and young people and their families, following a difficult economic period and wide-spread policy reforms and public spending cuts.

500 people, included two regional events, five local events, five workshops with young people, two workshops with parents, and a two day training programme for representatives of children and young people’s community organisations. Participants represented London’s BAME communities and...Read more

Maurice Mcleod

Maurice is director of communications company, Marmoset Media and online platform, Media Diversified . He is a social commentator, writing regularly for publications including: the Guardian, the Independent and the Spectator. He also discusses issues of race and society on platforms including Sky News, LBC and the BBC. He has more than 20 years’ experience working for national newspapers, major charity bodies, and running his own companies. Maurice tweets...Read more

Dr Karim Murji

My main reason for wishing to be a ROTA trustee is the critical climate we once again find ourselves in around race equality in London and the UK. The current debate over the public sector equality duty is one instance of a wider and worrying picture where race is either slipping or being pushed off the agenda. At this time the need for an active third sector is needed more than ever. By joining ROTA’s board, I want to contribute to its efforts to raise the status of race equality issues and campaigns.

I come to this role with an extensive academic track record working on policing...Read more

Gurpreet Virdee

Bo th on a personal and professional capacity I have an absolute commitment to challenging racism and working towards ‘race’ equality and equality of opportunity in government policy and within all aspects of our social, political and legal structures.

I have been looking to identify a Trustee vacancy within an organisation whose ethos I am closely and intrinsically aligned to. I have always followed the work of ROTA and other anti-racist organisations and believe that my academic and professional knowledge and experience ensure that I have the skills to support ROTA to further its...Read more