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The Race And Conscious Equality Charter Mark

"There is no vaccine for racism.  We have to do the work."

Senator Kamala Harris

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About the RACE Charter Mark

Welcome to the RACE Charter Mark. The Schools, Students and Teachers network (SSAT) and Fig Tree International have worked in partnership to develop the Race and Conscious Equality (RACE) Charter Mark for schools, academies, colleges and centres, both in the state and private sectors. The Charter Mark is for those institutions that wish to demonstrate their commitment to action and improvement in relation to race equality in all aspects of their work, as educators, employers and community leaders. 

The RACE Charter Mark offers a formal way of championing race equality and confirming to all stakeholders that you are prioritising an inclusive culture where staff, students, parents and partners of all ethnicities are valued. The Charter Mark process results in a dynamic action plan, which works alongside the organisation’s strategic planning documentation and is reviewed regularly to ensure that progress is being made and sustained. 

Developed by leaders who have extensive, direct school leadership experience, the RACE Charter Mark will frame your institution's conversation and actions, moving forward.

'Racism is not an issue which is resolved by inactivity.'

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This web page will provide you with some introductory details.  Please download the 'Information for Leaders' booklet at the bottom of this page for more extensive guidance.

Why a Charter Mark ?

We believe in the power of collective practice.  In the area of race equality, this is crucial. We believe that leaders in schools, academies, colleges and centres need to be 'consciously aware' of what can be subtly happening around them and be ready to take appropriate action. The Evaluative Framework of the RACE Charter Mark is formed to be both practical, challenging and supports effective sustainable practice.  It supports with the evaluative and action-planning process, whilst developing best practice. 

The RACE Charter Mark empowers schools and other organisations to clearly signpost their good and excellent practice in relation to race equality.  This, coupled with a unique opportunity for under-going training, makes this is an excellent, nationally recognised award.

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Who is the RACE Charter Mark for?

The Race and Conscious Equality Charter Mark is nationally recognised and externally validated. 

 The Charter Mark is available for:

• schools and academies, all phases, in the state and independent sectors

• alternative provision schools and centres

• colleges


The 'RACE Information for Leaders' booklet aims to provide all the information you require when considering whether your institution should work towards the RACE Charter Mark. Your commitment starts once you have registered and paid.

Initial training, accreditation and summary report

SSAT Members £1800.00, plus VAT

Non Members £2050.00, plus VAT

MATs and Local Authorities

  • 3 or more schools from a *single MAT or *local authority group of schools = 5% discount on application process
  • 10 or more schools from a *single MAT or *local authority group of schools = 10% discount on application process

*  All schools within the MAT/LA must apply within a two week period, otherwise your application will be processed as an individual application.

(Please see 'Information for Leaders' Booklet, Page 15 for T's and C's)

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Information for Leaders

Why Should You Apply?

The events of this year have sadly confirmed that we are a long way from achieving King’s dream. I want to see equality, social justice, and a society where diversity is valued. In 1963, Dr King said “ This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilising drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.” As Nelson Mandela said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world…”This is why SSAT is joining with Fig Tree International to launch the Race Charter Mark – we want to work with schools to change the world.

Sue Williamson

CEO SSAT the schools, students and teachers network

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Lead Practitioner accreditation for race and inclusion

Designed for schools already on their #RACE Charter Mark journey, the Lead Practitioner accreditation is an important development.  Any member of staff, teaching and no teaching, are eligible to apply for this new accreditation. Led by the

@ssat, we want to support, validate and celebrate individual efforts and contributions. #Embed 

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"I really believe this Charter Mark can take our schools forward.  With my over 40 years of experience.............having looked at this Charter Mark, I believe that Fig Tree have got their finger on the pulse."

Rosemary Campbell - Stephens MBE

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"It is great to see this Race and Conscious Equality  (RACE) Charter Mark, in collaboration with the SSAT, being launched for schools and colleges. Education creates a vital pipeline of young people who will eventually enter the workplace or become entrepreneurs and business leaders with employees of their own. Whatever the career path, the values of diversity, inclusion and belonging need to be within the education environment as children and young people learn, and they need to see role models and examples of inclusive leadership. 

 The Race at Work Charter creates a framework for action that can be used in education or in business and it is great to see that it has been embedded as a critical component of the Race Equality Charter Mark assessment."

Sandra Kerr CBE

Race Director, Business in the Community

Well done to all the schools in the Shared Learning Trust!

Recognising some of our RACE Charter Mark accredited schools.

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If you would like to know more about the RACE Charter Mark application process, then please join us.  We are hosting a weekly briefing meeting.

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