The Archer Advisory Group was established in 2020 in the wake of the death of George Floyd due to police brutality in Minneapolis, USA. It is named after John Richard Archer, the former Mayor of Battersea and the first black person to hold public office in London.
The group is made up of school staff and pupils of different ages and backgrounds. Its task is to review the school’s curriculum, structures, and population, through the lenses of the diverse members of the Emanuel community.
The group has a specific focus on the ways in which we provide education and a safe space to raise, discuss and act upon ideas or concerns regarding race, anti-racism, inequality, and representation in society. Each meeting includes pupil-chaired discussion along with staff and pupil dialogue.
In recent meetings, the group has reviewed our curriculum and co-curricular offer; discussed the efficacy of the Apple Education guide Create opportunities for meaningful conversations about race; considered student engagement with science; analysed the impact of our partnership initiatives; and has helped in the planning of diversity-focused activity days in the summer term.
The group will continue to play a vital role in our ongoing dialogue regarding race and diversity at Emanuel.
Mr Turner (Deputy Head)