Research Publications

As an organisation ROTA has made the decision to refrain from using the term ‘BAME’ to identify anyone that is subject to racialisation. We recognise that the term has previously been used in our publications however; we have since reviewed this and acknowledge that it is non specific, lacks nuance, and generalises anyone that deviates from what is classified as white which is of course deeply problematic. With this in mind, we will instead use the term ‘globalmajority’, or specify the racial identification of the individual that we are making reference to in this report.

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London Fairness Commission and ROTA (January 2016) ‘What do we need to do to make London a fairer city?’ An open space event report

The London Fairness Commission was established to organise conversations across the capital in response to this situation, asking Londoners to consider:

  • What is fairness? -
  • Is London fair?
  • What should be done to make London a fairer city?
To this end we are organising a series of Open Space events with groups from across London, hearing the voice of civil society, older Londoners, ethnic minorities, and younger Londoners.
This report outlines the results of the third of these events with people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, held in partnership with Race on the Agenda and supported by the Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre.

The Open Space event report is available HERE.

ROTA (August 2015) ‘What about the boy?’ Project Evaluation

In August 2014, ROTA with it's partner organisation, 'Working with Men' commenced the delivery of an awareness raising pilot project 'What About the Boy'.

'What About the Boy' operated on the Amberley Estate and provided the opportunity to appraise a peer educator model and its effectiveness at addressing harmful attitudes towards women address violence against women and girls.

This evaluation report highlights the successes and potential of the project. The Project evaluation report is available HERE.

ROTA (September 2014) Inclusive Schools: The 2nd Report of the Free Schools Monitoring Project

Inclusive Schools: The 2nd Report of the Free Schools Monitoring Project (2014) builds upon previous research carried out by ROTA (2012, 2013) which assessed the risks of emerging inequalities within the free schools programme and explored potential ways of addressing these.

We are required by our funders to monitor how members use our events/training/research reports. Please complete this short survey in order to download our report.  You will be re-directed to the report once the survey is completed.  The survey is available HERE.

NASUWT and ROTA (September 2014) Free Schools, Equality and Inclusion

The Coalition Government’s free schools programme, contrary to its stated aims to address educational disadvantage and attainment gaps, is failing to do so, concludes a report commissioned by the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK.

The report, Free Schools, Equality and Inclusion, researched and written by Race On The Agenda (ROTA) found that many free schools are not operating fair and inclusive admission policies and are failing to comply with their statutory obligations to equality.

The report found a lack of transparency about the free schools programme. BAME communities encounter barriers to establishing free schools, indicating a need for better engagement and support. The report also called for improved measures to ensure proper scrutiny and accountability of issues relating to race equality within the free schools programme.

Downlaod the report here.

Read NASUWT's press release here.

ROTA (December 2013) Shaping the future: Getting the best for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Children and Young People - Seminar series report

Between November 2011 and October 2013 ROTA delivered the Shaping the Future seminar series, which considered some of the main challenges facing London’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) children and young people, following a difficult economic period and wide-spread policy reforms and public spending cuts. The 500 participants agreed some progress had been made in addressing racial inequality in our country since Stephen Lawrence was tragically murdered in 1993. However, there was overwhelming consensus that this progress was not enough; BAME children and young people still face unequal outcomes in many key areas of life. Of particular concern were inequalities faced in relation to education, training, employment, criminal justice, mental health and well-being and the lack of BAME Voice in the development of policy and practice.

The final report is now available here.The report provides an overview of the seminars and summarises the broad ranging discussions that took place along with the solutions posed by participants to some of the key challenges identified. It includes a range of recommendations for various stakeholders including national government, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), the Greater London Authority (GLA), Ofsted, the public sector, initial teacher training institutions, local authorities, the BAME voluntary sector, school alliances, academy sponsors and chain, schools and parents. ROTA has already begun work to progress a number of these. We hope this report will support others who took part in the seminar series to do the same and that it acts as a source of evidence of need and ideas for projects they seek to develop.

ROTA (November 2013) Do free schools help to build an equal society?

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, all schools should have published information to demonstrate their compliance with the duty, and should have published one or more specific and measurable equality objectives.

ROTA's report, based on a survey undertaken in October 2013 of the 78 free schools that opened in 2011 and 2012, finds that:

  • Only two of them are fully meeting the requirement to publish equality information and measurable equality objectives.
  • Only six (7.7%) have published at least one equality objective - a poorer level of compliance than other types of schools.
  • Most free schools appear to be unaware of the Equality Act 2010 and the equality duty, with less than a quarter (23.1%) making reference to the Act in key policies and documents.
  • Two-fifths of free schools (39.7%) are failing to identify prejudice-related bullying and/or derogatory language in their anti-bullying or behaviour policies.

The research report, Do free schools help to build a more equal society? An assessment of how free schools are complying with statutory requirements on equality, provides detailed findings and recommendations for free school governors, the Department for Education, the New Schools Network, Ofsted and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The report was written by education consultant Bill Bolloten and staff at ROTA.

Click HERE to download a summary of the data from ROTA's research into free schools and the public sector equality duty.

Click HERE to download the ROTA press release.

For more information please contact our Senior Policy Officer, Barbara Nea, Email:; Tel: 020 7697 4093.

‘London for All’ is a London Councils’ funded project to capacity build London’s voluntary and community sector. The project aims to help organisations become more efficient, deliver accessible services and better support Londoners.

This is a partnership project, led by London Voluntary Service Council and delivered with Race on the Agenda, Women’s Resource Centre, HEAR and Lasa.

‘London for All’ can help your organisation strengthen its knowledge and skills, work more effectively and efficiently, deliver more accessible services and better support service users.

The London focused aspects of this research report were funded by London Councils through ‘London for All’. The parts of the research that focuses on Free Schools outside London were funded separately.

London Councils is committed to fighting for more resources for London and getting the best possible deal for London’s 33 councils. To read about London Councils’ grants funding and the work of some of the groups we support please visit

ROTA (October 2013) Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and London’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities – a discussion paper

Between November 2011 and February 2013, ROTA delivered the Shaping the Future seminar series, which considered educational reforms and the current state of play in terms of educational inequality. A concerning discussion point that came up at many of the seminars was that growing numbers of BAME children and young people are being diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and pressurized to take medication by healthcare professionals and schools.

ROTA has just launched a paper and survey to explore this discussion point further. Read the paper HERE and access the survey HERE.

In particular, we feel it very important to find out:

  • If BAME children and young people are over-represented among those diagnosed/mis-diagnosed with ADHD (and which BAME groups are most likely to be diagnosed)
  • About BAME children and young people’s experiences of treatment following diagnosis (e.g. medication, access to therapies, rates of exclusion from school)
  • If educational provision for BAME children and young people diagnosed with ADHD is sufficient
  • About attitudes among BAME communities towards ADHD and its treatment.

The survey closes on 20th December 2013.

MiNet (May 2011) The Impact of the Economic Downturn on BAME Education Services

MiNet Education report coverOn 25th May, MiNet launched its mapping report into the impact of the Economic Downturn on BAME Education Services. The report gathered evidence from a range of BAME organisations working in the area of education, and also from local authority commissioners and directors of Children's Services. The report brings together evidence on the vulnerability of smaller organisations including the closure of services. Rob Berkeley, Director of Runnymede Trust and Uvanney Maylor, Reader in Education, University of Bedfordshire, acknowledged the timeliness of the report and commented on the reports importance.

Click HERE to download the report.


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