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Aisha Thomas is the founder of Representation Matters Ltd (c), an organisation that provides workshops, talks and consultancy on diversity, equity and inclusion for schools and businesses. She was formerly an assistant principal at a large secondary school in Bristol. Aisha provides training on race in education at the University of Bristol, the University of the West of England and in schools nationwide.
In 2018, she presented a documentary for the BBC investigating the low number of Black teachers in Bristol, and in 2019, Aisha delivered a powerful TEDxBristol talk called 'Why Representation Matters'. Aisha is currently working on a number of local and national projects, including Beyond the 26, which collects stories and experiences from Black and racially minoritised educators in Bristol. She also contributed to a series of videos on allyship for BBC Teach. For more information, follow @itsrepmatters on social media and visit www.repmatters.co.uk.
Representation Matters is the essential book for teachers looking to promote diversity and inclusion in their school and create positive, lasting change for staff and pupils. In this crucial book, former assistant principal, campaigner and TEDxBristol speaker Aisha Thomas demonstrates how race shapes the experiences of Black, Asian and racially minoritised teachers and pupils in the UK education system, and why representation is fundamental in every school. With a particular focus on the experiences of Black educators, parents and pupils, Aisha shares her own lived experience and features over 20 stories from those who have been affected by the racism that is endemic in the education system today. Through reflective questions, activities and discussion points, Representation Matters coaches educators to create an action plan for their classroom or school. It offers practical strategies to drive change and promote an anti-racist approach to education. Covering a range of important topics, 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 understand the impact of race in education.