Teaching can so easily become a platform for hypocrisy. I plan lessons on healthy lifestyles whilst eating a Greggs, for example. I chastise my pupils for neglecting to read at home, whilst making little time for it myself. But one hypocrisy would be particularly hard to stomach. I tell my pupils in fairly blunt terms, considering their age, that if they want to live in a fair society in which people are treated equitably, they need to do more than just talk about it; they need to act.
I have spent all six years of my career thus far working in one primary school in the London Borough of Newham. My reflections on diversity here are drawn from my own experience in this community, which is why I shall be focusing on BAME in relation to different South Asian groups in education, particularly pupils and parents of the Muslim faith.