#LastWhites? The Real East London

Do you remember seeing this building in the Newham documentary last week? I am still quietly seething about the style, content and motivations behind ‘The Last White of the East End’ documentary last week, which is available on iPlayer here. For me personally, what rankled most was the factual inaccuracies about Newham schools and the fact […]

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Integration, Diversity, Community

Here are some thoughts. Integration requires mutual understanding and compromise of all those involved if it is to be even remotely equitable. When ‘they don’t want to integrate’ is invoked, question the extent to which one group is expecting others to change, whilst not expressing any desire or willingness to change themselves. This is immersion […]

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On Speaking Their Minds

I started secondary school in September 2001, meaning the World Trade Centre was destroyed by those pledging allegiance to Al-Qaeda just two weeks into Year 7. I remember coming home with my friend and sitting in the living room with my parents and grandparents, watching it, unable to process the surreal images on the screen. […]

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Teacher With No Religion

In my home town, the Wetherspoons has a larger Sunday morning congregation than the church. Being an atheist there is about as notable and controversial  as having a head. In secondary school, the small minority of pupils who did practice a faith (and these were the same small minority who were not white, generally) were […]

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