Book: Representation Matters by @itsrepmatters via @BloomsburyEd

Published by Bloomsbury Education

Representation Matters: Becoming an anti-racist educator













  • This is a book that every educator should engage with, where the focus is on true equality and representation.
  • Aisha has gathered a wealth of stories, resources and strategies promoting an anti-racist approach in every school.
  • The book is split into three distinct sections (reflecting and reviewing; listening and decentring, and; creating an action plan), all asking key reflective questions to practitioners to help develop a tangible and realistic action plan that can be accepted and implemented.
  • Aisha also explores important - and often overlooked - areas to support young people, including positive role models, how to talk to young people about race, and key areas of teacher training. Also, an understanding of the use of language and considerations of cultures is given attention, helping develop inclusive practice.
  • This is a very important book, no matter where your school is. The content applies to school leaders, experienced and new teachers, and those working with school communities committed to equality and representation.

Supported by Bloomsbury Education Publishing

In this crucial book, former assistant principal, campaigner and TEDxBristol speaker Aisha Thomasdemonstrates 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. Sharing the lived experiences of over 20 teachers and pupils, this book offers practical, concrete strategies and resources to drive change and promote an anti-racist approach to education.

Through reflective questions, activities and discussion points, Representation Matters coaches educators to create an action plan for their classroom or school, including:

  • diversifying the curriculum
  • challenging overt and covert racism
  • using tutor time and PSHE to explore identity and culture
  • interpreting the Equality Act 2010.

Representation Matters equips all teachers and school leaders with everything they need to promote diversity and inclusion in their school and start their journey to becoming an anti-racist educator.

Watch Aisha’s TEDxTalk here


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