There are no words that can adequately express the horror and anger rising in us all after the murder of George Floyd.

Black Lives Matter and everyone at BCE stands shoulder to shoulder against racism, hate and bigotry in all its forms.

One of the amazing things about BCE is our diversity and we cannot ignore the fact that the communities we serve have been affected by these issues in many ways, over long periods of time.

We are reminded that education is at the root of the solution to the problems our society faces. We can be rightly proud of the work BCE has done over the last 20+ years to support black people in creating opportunities.

Of course there is so much more to be done and we are just at the beginning of the journey to fully understanding what else might be possible. We are meeting together to work out the most useful ways we can address the issues raised.

We wanted to give you an update on some of the things that are happening at BCE so far:

We have updated the BCE logo to focus on Black Lives Matter and this will be rolled out across our website and socials. It is our hope that visibility on our platforms will send a stronger message to our learners and parents / carers that we are a college that supports inclusion.

We have consulted with students who have asked for more information around what to do when they are approached by the police and for extra resources on black history, which we will be incorporating into our curriculum.

We are working towards a plan to support staff and learners’ whose mental health has been specifically affected by these issues.

Colleagues have come together to create a forum to discuss the issues that have been raised and how best to move forwards, both as individuals and as an organisation.

Training was recently delivered to all tutors on the theme of both planning lesson delivery, classrooms and resources to promote ethnic inclusiveness.

Please check out our colleague Sabrei’s latest video blog where she talks about how music was used in slavery, music x the civil rights movement, blue-eyed soul and more: https://youtu.be/wD_yLNoq08M

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