Improving wellbeing and mental health relating to racism in 10-11 year olds: a Bristol case study.

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What the project is about ...

The project team is made up of Education, Teacher Trainer and Psychology researchers and a socially engaged artist from the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol. The aim of the project is to explore 10 – 11 year olds’ experiences of racism and how they impact mental health and well being.  In addition, we hope to investigate how Initial Teacher Training programmes can contribute to preparing student teachers for engaging with these experiences in their future classrooms to support the mental health and well being of their pupils.

What we plan to do …

We are working with schools in Bristol to explore experiences of racism with 10- 11 year olds. We plan to use art based activities to engage and enable discussion of these sensitive issues and are working with an expert advisory group from the local communities to inform our practice. A toolkit will be co-designed with young people, delivered to and evaluated by student teachers at UWE.

What we hope to gain …

A key aim of the project is to explore the experiences and mental health risks of racism by 10 -11 years olds. We hope to improve services for better practice in schools across, and beyond Bristol through the creation of a new tool to use in the Initial Teacher Education Programme at UWE.

For more information about this project please contact the project lead Verity Jones Verity6.Jones@uwe.ac.uk