RECRUITING FOR DIVERSITY: SELECTION TESTS

January 8, 2013

Diversity practice is based on three principles.  First, there is the recognition that the skills and aptitudes required by employer organizations can be found in people from diverse backgrounds across the society.

The second principle is that the demonstration of those talents, skills and aptitudes is likely to be influenced by those differences in backgrounds.  Two people with equivalent intellectual abilities, but with very different backgrounds and personal histories may display very different linguistic and behavioural styles.
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Grammar Schools: Myths and Legends

March 26, 2012

Grammar schools are being allowed to expand[i]  – extending academic selection at 11 through “satellite schools”.  It is evident that current DfE policy favours school selection, although this will often be masked. For instance, selection for the new ‘free schools’ allows them to select disproportionate numbers of high achieving children[ii] and the majority of Roman Catholic and Church of England faith schools have unrepresentative intakes[iii].

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ADOPTION POLICY: INSTITUTIONALIZING INSTITUTIONAL RACISM?

March 23, 2012

In the report of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, ‘institutional racism’ was defined as

“the collective failure of an organisation to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their colour, culture or ethnic origin.  It can be seen or detected in processes, attitudes and behaviour which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness and racist stereotyping which disadvantage minority ethnic people.”

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ADOPTION: SIMPLISTIC SOLUTIONS?

March 15, 2012

The complexity of adoption is again in the news – although the process is being presented as a simple exercise that only takes a lot of time because of “politically correct” (and therefore incompetent) social workers.

Figures are thrown around without explanations of the context.  For instance, “3600 children under the age of one were in care last year” a  with no explanation of the proportion of those babies who were actually available for adoption – in contrast to those in temporary care arrangements, whose parent(s) may not have released them for adoption, who may have complex disabilities requiring particular family circumstances, or who may be part of family groups including older children.   One press report compared the number of adoptions in 2010 with the numbers from the years before the full impact of changes in the abortion legislation reduced the number of babies who were given up at birth. b

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IMPORTANCE OF RACE AND ETHNICITY IN ADOPTION OF BLACK CHILDREN

March 15, 2012

In a discussion of adoption on Radio 4’s Today programme last year, Dr Derrick Campbell, Chief Executive of Race Equality Sandwell, stressed the importance of considerations of heritage and culture when black children are being adopted.

Ben Douglas, a black man adopted by a white family, was dismissive

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‘RACE’, THE POLICE AND THE STEPHEN LAWRENCE CASE[1]

March 15, 2012

With the conviction of Gary Dobson and David Norris for the murder of Stephen Lawrence, there has been much media comment about the impact of race on the case and comparisons of 1993 and 2012.

It is evident that many commentators still have little understanding of the nature of ‘racism’ – particularly ‘institutional racism.’

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