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Race Equality organisations write to Education Secretary demanding that the Dfe step in to ensure objectivity in grading, after exam cancellations

ROTA PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday 1 June 2020

Race Equality organisations write to Education Secretary demanding that the Dfe step in to ensure objectivity in grading, after exam cancellations

For the last month a number of race equality organisations and academic experts have been in contact with the Education Secretary expressing concerns about grading and assessments in light of the cancellation of exams.

Today Race on the Agenda (ROTA) writes again to Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson asking...Read more

Andy Gregg to retire as CEO of ROTA in August

After seven years as head of ROTA Andy Gregg has announced that he will be retiring at the end of August. Ali Ahmed, ROTA’s Chair during this period said “Regrettably I am sorry to announce Andy’s departure from ROTA. Andy continued to build our work on put race equality at the centre of the policy agenda, he helped expand our partnerships and collaboration with front line BAMER communities. Since taking office as a ROTA CEO in 2010, Andy developed the organisation and commitment to challenging all forms of racism. We will miss him and wish him all the best.”

ROTA’s Board of...Read more

CORE statement: Trevor Phillips’ involvement in the review to examine the disproportionate number of COVID-19 deaths within BAME communities

13 CORE members, and 4 non-CORE organisations wrote a statement that was sent to Public Health England, regarding Trevor Phillips’ prominent involvement, in the review examining the disproportionate number of BAME deaths resulting from COVID-19.

Read the statement HERE .

Read the reply received from Public Health England...Read more

Consultation on exceptional arrangements for exam grading and assessment in 2020

The Government is consulting on the 'Exceptional arrangements for exam grading and assessment in 2020. ROTA is very concerned that the guidance does not adequately address the disproportionate impact the new arrangements may have on certain groups of BAME pupils, those who are socio-economically disadvantaged, and those who share other protected characteristics. The Coalition for Race Equality Organisation (CORE) shares ROTA's concerns and support ROTA's recommendations to the consultation response. Read ROTA's...Read more

Race Equality organisations write to the PM asking him to consider the racial disproportionality in the government’s response to COVID-19

ROTA PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday 17 April 2020

Race Equality organisations write to the PM asking him to consider the racial disproportionality in the government’s response to COVID-19

A coalition of 21 race equality organisations (collectively known as CORE) have written to the Prime Minister expressing their concerns over the government’s response to the COVID19 pandemic.

The members of CORE have become aware that particular groups (namely Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities) are at greater risk from...Read more

March 2020 ROTA Policy E-Newsletter

Read the latest March edition of our Policy E-Newsletter now available HERE . This is our quarterly newsletter full of information about our work, our partners/supporters and what is happening around the sector in relation to race equality.

If you have something you would like to include and publicise in our next issue, scheduled for May 2020, please contact the Office Manager, Saifur Valli at saifur@...Read more

Report arguing the case for refugee-led mental health services

ROTA PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 10, 2020

Hardly Hard to Reach: towards refugee-led service provision is the newly released report detailing findings from Race On The Agenda ’s (ROTA) three-year Active Lives, Healthy Minds project.

The project assisted partnership organisations and the community members they support in developing holistic, intersectional projects and activities to support their mental health and wellbeing in a culturally sensitive and non-stigmatising way.

The project supported...Read more

ROTA AGM 2018/19 and "Tackling Informal Exclusions" Conference

On Monday 20th January 2020, ROTA held its Annual General Meeting for the financial year 2018/19 at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA.

Following our AGM, a special conference on "Tackling Informal Exclusions" saw over 70 people in attendance.

Conference key note speakers included:

Dan Rosenberg, Simpson Millar Solicitors - Dan is a Public Law Solicitor, working across a wide range of areas in Education Law, with extensive experience challenging informal exclusions carried out by schools. Whitney Crenna Jennings, Education Policy Institute Alex...Read more

Avocado+ Funders Den 2019 hailed as a great success

This year, the Avocado+ event was held in the prestigious surroundings of London’s Living Room at City Hall on 4th October 2019.

The idea of the event was for six small Black, Asian, Minority-ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) charity and voluntary organisations to pitch their business ideas to the representatives of funding bodies assembled on the night – in a similar style to the BBC TV programme the Dragon’ Den. The organisation with the presentation that appealed to the panel of funders the most, would be awarded a package of assistance.

The event was hosted by the Deputy Mayor...Read more

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