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Representation Matters

Becoming an anti-racist educator

Aisha Thomas (Assistant Principal)



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Bloomsbury Education
02 August 2022
Representation Matters is the essential book for teachers looking to promote diversity and inclusion in their school and create positive, lasting change for staff and pupils.

In this crucial book, assistant principal, campaigner and TEDxBristol speaker Aisha Thomas demonstrates how race shapes the experiences of Black, Asian and minority ethnic teachers and pupils in the UK education system, and why representation is fundamental in every school. Using real-life stories from teachers and pupils, this book offers practical, concrete strategies and resources to drive change and promote an anti-racist approach to education.

Covering a range of important topics, including intersectionality, decolonising the curriculum, unconscious bias and microaggressions, Representation Matters equips all teachers and school leaders with everything they need to understand the impact of race in education.
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Education
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9781472989451
ISBN 10:   1472989457
Pages:   224
Publication Date:  
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Aisha Thomas is an assistant principal responsible for equality, diversity and inclusion. Aisha provides training on race in education at the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England. In 2018, she presented a documentary for the BBC investigating the low number of Black teachers in Bristol, and in 2019, Aisha delivered a TEDxBristol talk called 'Why Representation Matters'. Aisha is currently working on Beyond the 26, a project aimed at collecting stories and experiences from Black and minority educators in Bristol. Follow Aisha on Twitter @itsaishathomas.

Reviews for Representation Matters: Becoming an anti-racist educator

Aisha challenges our thinking and pushes us towards a more nuanced understanding of representation and why it matters. This book is a must-read for anyone genuinely committed to racial equity and representation. -- Dr Muna Abdi * CEO, MA Consultancy Ltd., @Muna_Abdi_PhD *

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