Welcome to the latest round-up of news from the Race Disparity Unit (RDU).

April highlights


Inclusive Britain update 1: blog post on using ‘BAME’

RDU published a blog post on why we no longer use the term 'BAME' in government.

The blog post explains the need to be as precise as possible in the language we use when describing different ethnic groups. It gives examples of why this matters, what we should say instead, and what's next in our use of language around ethnicity.

This relates to action 5 of the 74-point Inclusive Britain action plan. The aim of action 5 is for the government to "communicate more effectively on racial issues and to avoid lumping together different ethnic minority groups".

Inclusive Britain update 2: schools white paper published

The schools white paper was published by the Department for Education. It sets out a series of new measures to give children the support they need to reach their full potential.

This relates to action 32 of Inclusive Britain, to enable better quality learning, which states:

“We believe that the ethnic minority success story in our schools should be replicated for every ethnic group and our best chance to do this is promoting what works to raise attainment for all. So, where some ethnic groups have under-average attainment, the best solution is to improve the school's core offering so that all children fulfil their potential, rather than applying specific interventions to certain groups of children, which could single them out in the classroom and stigmatise them."

News in brief

Richard Laux, Deputy Director of Data and Analysis in the Equality Hub, published a blog post on the importance of harmonisation.

The Home Office published its Windrush progress update. The update assesses the progress the department has made in implementing the 30 recommendations Wendy Williams set out in her Windrush Lessons Learned Review, and against the department's own Comprehensive Improvement Plan.

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