New training platform for teachers on race, belonging, migration and empire launches 

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

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The TRACTION (Teaching Race, Belonging, Empire and Migration) platform offers training, resources, and a community network that will equip teachers to engage with issues of race, belonging, empire, and migration in the classroom. 

TRACTION consists of three specialist, interdisciplinary modules covering the historical timeline to the present day, along with an additional module on educational theory and pedagogy. Created by specialist researchers and education experts at the University of Oxford, these modules are open to all teachers but will be of particular relevance to teachers of English and History at Key Stage Three. 

Professor Nandini Das, Professor of Early Modern English Literature at the University of Oxford and TRACTION Project Director said: “TRACTION will provide teachers with a journey through from the 16th Century to the contemporary world, from before the seeds of the empire had even been sewn to our contemporary debates about the impact of the cultural memory of empire on the here and now.” 

Dr Jason Todd, History PGCE Lead at the University of Oxford’s Department of Education and Co-Investigator of the TRACTION project said: “The aim of TRACTION is to give teachers the confidence to cultivate a scholarly and pedagogical rationale for change in their schools through guided reflection and collaboration.” 

Sign up to TRACTION now and get started with the toolkit. 

The TRACTION course is co-ordinated by the University of Oxford Education Deanery, whose mission is to empower educators worldwide to understand, use, and co-produce high-quality research evidence in education. Join the Deanery mailing list to hear about training top-ups, a range of short courses, and events for professionals/educators looking to engage with Oxford’s world-leading research.