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Issue 9 March 2011

News magazine of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard in Leeds

Tackling Homophobia Rehana Minhas, Director of Equality and Entitlement, writes: This issue of Harmony makes the connection between equality issues, with a focus on Sir Ian McKellen’s visit to Leeds schools as part of Stonewall’s campaign to raise awareness of homophobic bullying in schools nationally. For schools and learning places to be genuinely inclusive and safe places for children and young people, all forms of bullying and harassment need to be systematically and consistently challenged. Included in these pages are examples of role models who have inspired innovative learning practices in Leeds, Nottinghamshire County Council and in Louisville, Kentucky. Strong commitment to the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard is well established in Leeds: two hundred schools including early years centres and other learning places have achieved one of the Standard’s three levels. Our flagship schools have reached the top level

Sir Ian McKellen with members of Price Henry’s Student Diversity Forum Meghan, Charlotte and William

of Three, and are on a journey to achieve Bronze Silver and Gold levels through further commitment to partnership work and a robust system of revalidation.

The Stephen Lawrence Education Standard is a powerful framework for continuous school improvement. We have seen over the last seven years the direct impact of the Standard, Continued page 2





News magazine of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard in Leeds

News magazine of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard in Leeds

Talking frankly

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“Two issues I know a lot about – acting and being gay,” said Sir Ian McKellen. In a special afternoon assembly, he was addressing students at Prince Henry’s in Otley, having spent the morning at Ralph Thoresby High School. It was part of a national tour to tackle homophobic bullying organised by Stonewall, the lesbian, gay and bisexual campaign group which he co-founded. As he strolled backwards and forwards, the seventy one year-old star of Lord of the Rings, X-Men and much, much else, had his audience firmly in his grip. Eyes did not wander from him. He spoke of his early life: “I acted when I was at school and at university, and never went to drama school. At the start of adolescence, I was not interested in girls, so I was confused. There was complete silence about the way I felt. In those days, the word was ‘queer’.

“Men like ravenous fishes would feed on one another”

I am still waiting to meet her!” Sir Ian went on to talk about the concealment which was considered necessary in the past, and about how he finally came out: “It’s not pleasant being in a closet. That means living in a cupboard.

On my last day at school, the head’s attempt at sex education consisted of a short talk. He warned us that when we had left, we would have to be on our There are still people today, including guard because we might meet ‘a certain the famous, who dare not come out, because they are worried about kind of woman’.

what people might think. We know about Graham Norton and Martina Navratilova, but where are the soccer players? And the word ‘gay’ is often used as a put-down, the equivalent of ‘spaz’, implying that I am second-rate, like your watch, say. Why oh why did I leave it so long? Now

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with improved outcomes for children and young people as well as adults in schools. This has encouraged schools to commit to the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard in North Yorkshire, Bradford, East Riding, Nottinghamshire County Council, Leicestershire County Council, Camden Children Services, Berkshire, Cambridgeshire and south London boroughs working with the Stephen Lawrence Education Trust, such as Greenwich, Lewisham and Lambeth. The National Launch of the Standard has led to praise being bestowed for 2

leadership in Leeds for equality, race equality, diversity and community cohesion. It has also brought great acknowledgement of the strength of partnership work in Leeds, which brings together black minority ethnic community representatives, school staff and governors, and the staff of Education Leeds and Leeds City Council. There has been great team work in Leeds and I feel privileged to have led the work developing the Standard from 2003 through to the National Launch in

January 2010. I am committed to taking this work further. We can continue building on brilliant practice in Leeds and to enrich our learning through regional, national and international collaborations. We can keep the momentum going for the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard at a time of massive changes in national education policy, financial constraints and the growth in the electoral support for extreme right, racist and fascist organisations.

“It’s not pleasant being in a closet”

I want this put on my gravestone: HERE LIES GANDALF. HE CAME OUT.” He was addressing a bank of smiles.

Elizabethan play written at a time when hostility against ‘aliens’ was topical in London.

In a lively question time, Sir Ian fielded questions about everything from sexuality to the long beard he wore as the famous wizard (“Did you have to grow it?”) and revealed that all the characters in Lord of the Rings wore wigs.

Later, he entranced an A-level Theatre Studies group with an account of when he played Estragon in Waiting for Godot at the Oliver Tambo Sports Centre in the township of Khayelitsa, South Africa.

His visit would not have been complete without a performance of some kind, and Sir Ian obliged with a speech from Sir Thomas More, written by Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood, Anthony Munday and William Shakespeare.

“I hadn’t realised how much anti-gay bullying goes on in the education system until I started visiting schools,” Sir Ian told Harmony.

“Men like ravenous fishes would feed on one another…” is a key line in this extraordinary but little-known

“By talking frankly about my own life as a gay man and listening to the concerns of staff and students, parents and governors, I hope to make a difference to attitudes and to give gay students confidence about their lives in future.”

Sir Ian with the November issue


News magazine of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard in Leeds

News magazine of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard in Leeds

No Offence But

Spaces for conversations

A group of Year 11 students at The Brunts School in Mansfield used this phrase as the title of their powerful video.

“It’s good to be recognised, but we don’t do it for the recognition, we do it for the city,” said Jill Mann from Together for Peace (T4P) in December.

They explained its background to Harmony: JACK: We are a group of students who want to raise awareness in a school where we are a small minority.

“One development in our work is around creating safe spaces for conversations, especially difficult ones,” added Jill Mann.

We felt that the mainly white kids didn’t understand casual racism which often involved hurtful words.

“This new work is being informed by a range of sources including the NGO International Alert ( who are conducting research into the need for dialogue processes in the UK.”

SIMBA: It was about repeating words they didn’t know the meaning of. They didn’t get what was wrong. When we discussed it, some kids thought it was a kind of joke, and a few suggested we were being racist about them! Plans for the future followed. We decided to make a video – a DVD. LEWIS: It took a good few hours because we had so many ideas. We decided on the use of role plays and voiceovers. We concentrated on our own experiences in the school. When we had finished it, we used it in assemblies for all the houses. GREG: I suppose I am a sort of representative white, and I got involved because I am more than happy to help. I am now much more aware of the issues, and I enjoyed the practical side because my hobby is photography.

A younger delegate at T4P’s Summat 2009

Video makers Theo, Lewis, Jack, Greg and Simba

The main difficulty was in the editing and keeping all the best bits in. We had fun though.

catchphrase we often come across.

THEO: People appreciate what we did, saying that our video is powerful. All our own work!

Simon Pearce, who is Family Liaison and Social Skills Coordinator at The Brunts School, added, “I haven’t met a single person who hasn’t been moved by this video.

More of the students think before they speak now.

The students teachers and governors have all been impressed.

We showcased the DVD at a conference where we met loads of teachers – and we made our opinions felt.

These boys have really started something which will continue with a commitment to the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard in future.”

The title was chosen later – it’s a sort of

“This award validates everyone we’ve worked with and a partnership way of working. It’s a real privilege to work with such a diverse range of individuals and organisations.”

wide range of events and projects since it was founded in 2002. All the work aims to strengthen communities, deepen intercultural understanding and promote peace-making.

International Alert’s research includes the following statement: ‘Current key trends in the UK indicate increasing tension within and between communities around issues of distribution of resources, immigration and security.

In a ceremony in London, the Leedsbased charity won the Institute of Community Cohesion Award for Bridging Cultures (ABC), which is funded by the Baring Foundation. There were two hundred entries.

These divisions will potentially widen as the impact of cuts in services and employment kick in later this year. A perceived lack of space to discuss Chair of the judging panel Ranjit Sondhi CBE, commented, “The judges highlighted contentious issues at the community level is creating a vacuum filled by the that this project used a comprehensive media and also by smaller political range of activities to promote parties which draw strength from intercultural dialogue and related to a community divisions.’ wide range of partners and volunteers.

T4P has worked with over one hundred and fifty partners and developed a

They felt it was important this project continued if it was to have real impact.”

Contact Jill Mann at or visit

achieved with personal commitment and the support of others, how difficult such a journey may sometimes be, but also how successes can then be built upon in the future.

mentioned on page 2. I regret to say that I had not heard of him, until I had the privilege of attending a Memorial Tribute for him at Westminster Central Hall, on 21 October 1989.

been a most remarkable and inspiring human being, a great intellectual with an enormous commitment to justice and human rights, a man who accorded respect to people from all walks of life.

I had not realised that CLR James had paid visits to Leeds, speaking in seminars here, as Rehana Minhas

The occasion was absolutely unforgettable, full of love and respect for a man who I now know to have

Amongst those celebrating his life, commitments and achievements, were Darcus Howe - who produced the

programme of celebration - Ashanti drummers, talented poets, musicians and also many dignitaries and ambassadors from the various African Embassies, beautifully attired in African dress. A truly inspiring day for me!

Letter to the Editor Dear Richard Wilcocks I really enjoyed reading the November issue of Harmony, which reflects in a lively, inspiring and interesting way, the early history and achievements of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard in Leeds over the last ten years - some of which I was unaware of - and also 4

the work of Peter Saunders and others, with regard to Leeds’s Gypsies and Travellers. I really feel that it is important to go back to re-examine and learn from the path trodden by early radical and principled pioneers, to remind ourselves of just how much can be

Best wishes

Allison Edwards 5

News magazine of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard in Leeds

News magazine of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard in Leeds

Breathtaking creativity The theme this year was Home.

Secondary winner Charlie-Leigh between Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Patrick Davey and Rommi Smith

“While we must hope that our Prime Minister means the words he spoke about the importance of measuring the things that really make people’s lives worth living and not relying solely upon the index of GDP, we must, nevertheless, prepare ourselves for major reductions in state support for creativity. Award-winners, Primary category

Over a thousand entries were received for the 2010 Leeds Peace Poetry Competition, in four age groups – primary, secondary, 16 – 19 and adults. It was organised by Education Leeds and Leeds City Council in partnership with the Evening Post, University of Leeds, Leeds Trinity University College and Together for Peace. Entrants were told that their short poem could include everything from a soldier’s thoughts of home while away to issues of domestic violence. The New World Steel Symphony 6

Orchestra played to the audience as it arrived. For the second year running, poet Rommi Smith was the chief judge, and at the awards ceremony in the Civic Hall a month before Christmas, she was full of praise for the winners in all categories, commenting on the way the poetic standards were improving. After insightful and sympathetic comments, she called them individually from the audience, and each one stepped forward bravely to read. Applause swelled, cameras flashed, smiles spread.

This event is well-established and popular, involving schools, universities and individuals, with many entries coming from well outside the city: in fact the winner in the adult category, Julie Hartley, lives in Toronto, Canada.

Bronwyn Brady, with sessions A number of associated poetry workshops took place in the community, run by Rommi Smith and Peter Spafford. coordinated by development librarian

This makes our competition even more important. The levels of creativity shown by many of the poets has been quite breathtaking.”

In 2003, it began as part of the Leeds Together for Peace Festival, but now exists in its own right.

Among the guests was Morley and Outwood MP Ed Balls, who commented, “Like the Stephen Lawrence award, which started here in Leeds and which works to promote understanding of diversity, I hope the Peace Poetry awards will become a national success.”

“In these difficult times it is even more important to encourage young people to get involved in peace issues through the creation of poetry,” Guy Wilson, chair of Leeds Peace Poetry told those present.

Short-listing of poems was undertaken by students at Leeds Trinity University College, along with their tutor Dr Paul Hardwick. Excerpts from poems appeared on a screen thanks to Charlie Atkinson.

Parents watch proudly

Rommi Smith is a poet and playwright who works to fuse spoken word and music. She is currently Poet in Residence for Keats’ House in Hampstead, former home of the Romantic poet, John Keats. 7

News magazine of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard in Leeds

News magazine of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard in Leeds

Two Winners

I have a voice now The poets from Ralph Thoresby School made a great impact at the last Awards Ceremony.

My Wonderful Parent My fire has been there for generations. Black, old and rusty. As it turns on you can smell that vintage flame, it is my favourite thing. Hearing my mum’s voice comforts me and makes me feel safe. It reminds me what a wonderful parent I have got. When I see my little brother wake up and do everything I connect with my emotions and realise he’s growing up. When my mum cooks you can smell all Them beautiful herbs and spices and Every time you do you know it’s HOME!

Eugene, Layla and Patricia

Jameel Year 6 Hunslet Moor Primary School

The rough iron never Did hold out the Bitterness, the cold The wet, the blistering sun. We often light a fire In the pit where . Mother would cook rice, always rice We would eat, s. Mother would cry, she always crie Dad out looking for work, He’s always looking for work. He might get a job today 8

. But that’s something we always say And mother cries, always cries. Mother puts us to bed, Night, she says, at least tonight We all got fed. She cries, she always cries. work. Father came home, he has found Mother cries, a happy cry. Charlie-Leigh Year 11 Woodkirk High

Layla Abdalla (Year 10), Patricia Bongani and Eugene Kitili (both Year 11) spoke to Harmony:

We reworked the material to get it perfect. The focus for myself and Pat was on growing up.

LAYLA: When I was in Year 8, I remember I was recommended to write my thoughts down, by Mr Thomas, a mentor at school.

LAYLA: The poem I read at the Awards Ceremony was about my own dreams. I realised after I had started writing poetry that I had let a lot of opportunities go and that I could do better.

This was at about the time of the first poetry slam which I was in, held at the Leeds College of Music. A group of us worked with Leeds Young Authors. PATRICIA: That slam was in 2009 and it was great. Ralph Thoresby won overall. We’d never experienced anything like it. Our poems were wide-ranging, with most of them about issue of growing up, personal identity and politics. EUGENE: At the Stephen Lawrence Awards Ceremony in the autumn we chose poems we had performed in different year assemblies, so we were well rehearsed.

I know I have a voice now, and people know that! They want to listen to me as well, when I am expressing myself passionately. PATRICIA: I run the slam team, which makes me proud. My poem was very personal, and it was strange to read it at first, but I was really comfortable in the surroundings of Hillcrest.

through poetry is effective! Ralph Thoresby’s head of English Anita Bywater added: “ We didn’t know until now how fabulous our poets were. They took the place by storm.”

Remember him? Memories, anecdotes and information are requested for a forthcoming book on Albert Johanneson, Leeds United’s legendary ‘Black Flash’. Contact

EUGENE: I looked into the crowd, and was nervous at first, but was all right when I started. I was reading out how I was dealing with my school experiences. Doing this 9

News magazine of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard in Leeds

Louisville partners Rehana Minhas visited the sister city of Leeds in Kentucky, Louisville. Photo by Aukram Burton

café with a voiceover: visitors are asked, ”What are you doing here? You know we can’t serve your kind here.”

Photo by Aukram Burton

News magazine of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard in Leeds

Slides and video clips illustrate how Ali developed his spirituality alongside great confidence and pride in his heritage: half of the cheque he received after his first professional fight (as Cassius Clay) went to a local children’s hospital.

Birthday greetings for Muhammad Ali

Together with Leeds’s Head of International Relations Martin Dean, she had been invited by the Muhammad Ali Center, which is very enthusiastic about the prospect of establishing specific education projects between the two cities, along with the Jefferson County Public Schools Board (JCPS). Initial contacts would be mainly electronic, involving emails and video-conferencing. “The prospect of future collaboration is enormous,” Rehana Minhas told Harmony. “For example, Louisville schools will be engaged in the Muhammad Ali Center Peace Gardens initiative which is sponsored by Yum! Brands. I brought back a DVD on this, which demonstrates clearly the enjoyment and enhanced learning children have gained through participation.” Many aspects of Muhammad Ali’s life can be discovered in the Center, located on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Louisville, which includes 10

The Center opens doors for young people through its Champions Program, which makes them ambassadors for its values. Along with its corporate three levels of award-winning exhibits. sponsor Yum! – which is the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Other amenities within the Center are Bell and other restaurants – the Center an auditorium, classrooms, art galleries, plays a strategic role in the city with and private use space. The walls partners to address pressing concerns surrounding the escalator are adorned for the Louisville community. The newly with greetings in many languages, elected Democrat Mayor of Louisville, representing the international visitors Greg Fischer, has a vision for Louisville to the Center. which has a strong synergy with Leeds’s corporate vision. The auditorium provides initial orientation for visitors of all sorts, “It was Muhammad Ali’s birthday on including frequent school parties. Four 17th January , when we were there,” screens show biographical snapshots continued Rehana Minhas. “It coincided and information about Ali’s life, starting with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a with the occasion when the twelve year- public holiday. old Ali’s bicycle was stolen. There was free entry to the Center The white policeman to whom on condition that you donated an old Muhammad Ali reported its theft mobile phone for recycling (otherwise noted his boiling anger and invited him the admission was just one dollar that to come along to his gym, where he day), a video of King’s great speech was started the boxing career which led played and a choir sang for Muhammad to his becoming World Heavyweight Ali personally. He was unable to attend, Champion – three times. but listened on the phone. Interactive displays make it clear that this happened when racial segregation was at its height, for example a 1960s

Two basketball teams met for a session on reconciliation. Skilled facilitators like Maq Marshall took them through

Inspirational poster display

various activities until they were able to discuss their feelings about each other and play better, and as a finale, Earl Lloyd addressed the audience.

University of Louisville Pan African Studies Department, Kennedy Montessori Elementary School, MAC Peace Gardens Site, Van Hoose Educational Center and Frazier International History Museum.

CEO, to Jeanie Kahnke, VP for Communications and our guide at the Center, and to Aukram Burton, who is the Multicultural Education and Diversity officer for Jefferson County Public Schools.

Thanks are especially due to the efficient Sylvia C. Bruton, Co-Chair of Leeds, England Sister Cities of He talked about the raw, racist Louisville, who worked with Maq comments which were made in the crowd Marshall to compile the programme, back in 1950, which were challenged by to Greg Roberts, the Center’s former his mother. His main message was on how essential it is to live, work and play with dignity. It was all very useful for the young people listening, because they have never experienced what it was like in times of segregation.

We are looking forward to welcoming the Louisville delegation to the North of England Education Conference in January 2012.”

He was the first African American to play in the NBA – the National Basketball Association. He is seven feet tall! In his prime, he was with the Syracuse Nationals. Photo by Aukram Burton

Of course boxing matches are shown, but also scenes which show Ali’s interest in the arts and entertainment, for example a clip of him doing conjuring tricks at a children’s party.

I am full of admiration for the all the students, teachers, academics, movers and shakers of Louisville that I met, and they were impressed by the resources pack of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard. The experience of visiting the Muhammad Ali Center is one that I will treasure greatly.” Also included on the Leeds delegation’s schedule were visits to Louisville Metro Hall, the KFC Yum! Center, the

Maq Marshall from the Muhammad Ali Center with the President


News magazine of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard in Leeds

News magazine of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard in Leeds



“Our policy on race equality would be meaningless without full involvement – just a piece of paper,” John Graham told Harmony.

In November, Year 5 pupils from Leeds schools were invited to the Arooj Creative Writing workshops at the Civic Hall. Qaisra Sharaz (The Holy Woman, Typhoon) and John Siddique (Don’t wear it on your head), they were immensely successful, producing overwhelmingly positive feedback. The workshops were also used to launch the Arooj Creative Writing Competition and also to encourage young people to enter the national Muslim Writers Awards.

Civic Hall sponsored by Aamir Darr, who owns a multicultural bookshop in Bradford and who has been a key player in supporting the whole project, and who was on the steering group along with Cllr Mohammed Iqbal, Cllr Mohammed Rafique, Sameena Choudry, Rehana Minhas and Dr Claire Chambers from Leeds Metropolitan University.

Fifteen primary schools were given some additional funds to enable them to engage with visiting writers, and many of these chose John Siddique, who worked in a number of contexts ranging from assemblies to intensive work with targeted groups. Award winner Abdulrahman with Lord Mayor Jim McKenna and Cllr Mohammed Rafique

All Hallows School Council

As headteacher of All Hallows Church of England Primary in Gedling, Nottingham, he is justly proud of the one for his school, which was written by pupils on the School Council. “We have an established ethos based upon respect, inclusion and quality,” he continued. “The idea for a childfriendly policy came out of a discussion which followed our Show Racism the Red Card event.

In a meeting with Harmony, three Council members - Liam, Otis and Lucy from Year 6 - made comments: LIAM: Every child played a part doing this. The policy has short paragraphs and pictures so everyone can understand. The original version was mainly for adults, with bits everywhere and lots of long, complicated words.

Also, other people who overhear might want to copy them, which is bad. LUCY: In school we learn French, but we should be aware of languages which are spoken at pupils’ homes. We must respect children from different backgrounds and never make hurtful remarks.

“We are linking the policy to our work for the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard, which we will be beginning properly after Easter.

We should make an effort to learn simple things in lots of different It wasn’t very attractive to look at either. languages – at least “Thankyou” OTIS: It’s not too detailed, and it’s good and “Hello”. for the younger children because it gets Parent governor Tracy Booth added: straight to the point. “It’s important to have systematic

The children have presented it in assemblies, there’s a copy in every classroom and we’ll review it regularly to make sure it’s a working document.”

We need it because people say hurtful things sometimes and the people who hear them might not feel that they want to be who they are.


approaches to race equality, like the Stephen Lawrence Standard, and to make sure children are involved from an early age.”

Arooj is an Urdu word which could be translated as ‘Ascension’ or ‘Arising’. The aim of the project was to introduce young people to role models who would help them develop their talents and imbue them with extra confidence. Led by writers of Muslim heritage

Competition entries poured in, to be scrutinised by a team of twelve judges who shortlisted entries for the winner and highly commended categories across all key stages. The competition was open to all Leeds pupils and was held in partnership with the Leeds Information and Library Services. On 2 March, John Siddique hosted a special awards ceremony in the

Award winner Misbah between Cllr Jane Dowson and poet John Siddique

Faiz in Yorkshire Faiz Ahmed Faiz (1911-84), Pakistan’s pre-eminent poet, is having his centenary marked by one of the largest ever events held to honour a poet, hosted by the President of India. Bangladesh is also organising a series of events in his honour. Even in death, Faiz’s extraordinary ability to bring three fractious nations together persists.

In three very different presentations Salima focuses on three distinct strands of Faiz’s writing – freedom, peace and conflict and his use of traditional poetic Urdu imagery to convey the most radical of messages. At Opera North, Leeds on 8 June at 6.30pm – Remembering Faiz Ahmed Faiz: activist, prisoner, poet.

Yorkshire is fortunate to be the only region hosting a three-day programme

At Harewood House on 9 June at

involving Faiz’s daughter, the gifted

6.30pm – My father – teacher,

artist, Salima Hashmi.

poet, progressive.

At the National Media Museum, Bradford on 10 June at 11am – Faiz Ahmed Faiz, poet, Marxist, polemicist. All three events are presented by Alchemy as part of the Allegories of Power programme in association with the Faiz Centenary National Organising Committee, the Ilkley Literature Festival and The Peace Museum. Visit 13

News magazine of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard in Leeds

News magazine of the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard in Leeds

Remember her bravery Noor Inayat Khan was a secret agent in the Second World War.

Shrababi Basu writes: It was after the publication of Spy Princess (2006), my biography of Noor Inayat Khan that I received a number of letters from readers thanking me for the book and suggesting that there should be a memorial for Noor in London. While there are Memorials for Noor in Paris and Dachau, there is no personal memorial for her in the city where she volunteered for the war effort and where she was recruited and trained for the most dangerous mission in her life. Noor was one of only three women from the SOE to be awarded the George Cross, but while her colleagues from the SOE have blue plaques, memorials and museums in their honour, she has been forgotten.

In Paris there is a plaque outside her family home in Suresnes. A band plays outside her house every year on Bastille Day to remember her help for the French Resistance. A leafy square in Suresnes has been named Cours Madeleine after her (Noor’s codename was Madeleine).

Noor Inayat Khan will be the first Asian woman to be commemorated in Britain with a Memorial. I am confident that with your support we will bring Noor back to Gordon Square in 2012. At the moment our target is £100,000 of which we have raised £40,000 in donations and pledges, so still some way to go. If you wish to make a donation, please contact me:

There is a plaque in her honour in Dachau Concentration camp and another in Grignon where she made her first Shrabani Basu, transmission. London had to catch up. I wanted Noor’s memorial to be in Gordon Square, near the house where she lived on 4 Taviton Street. Noor used to often sit in her uniform on one of the benches in the Square and read a book on her days off.

Founder, Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust Email: Address: 48 Beverley Gardens, Wembley, Middx. HA9 9QZ Tel: 020 8904 2533

In more peaceful times

She was infiltrated into France by the Special Operations Executive (SOE), Churchill’s secret organisation that sought to “set Europe ablaze”. Armed with only a false passport and a pistol, she became the first woman radio operator to be sent to occupied Paris.

works to ensure that her story cannot be allowed to fade away.

Following the campaign to install a permanent Memorial in her honour in London, an Early Day Motion was tabled in the House of Commons on 22 June 2010 by Valerie Vaz, MP. It was signed by thirty-four MPs including Glenda However, she was betrayed and Jackson, Dr Julian Lewis and captured by the Germans. Despite being Peter Bottomley and received crossrepeatedly tortured and interrogated, party support. she revealed nothing. Last September, the Vice Chancellor She was executed by an SS officer of the University of London gave on September 13, 1944, at Dachau permission for the bust to be installed Concentration Camp. She was only 30. in Gordon Square, near the house where Noor lived and from where Britain posthumously awarded her the she left on her fatal mission. It will be George Cross for her extraordinary sculpted by well-known artist Karen bravery, and France honoured her with Newman. the Croix de Guerre. The Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust 14

The memorial in Gordon Square will

be the first for an Asian woman in this country. It will stand for peace and religious harmony, the principles Noor Inayat Khan believed in.

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We had a fiesta Jo Speak is now the Link2learn International Co-ordinator of the Year. The award covers all UK primary and secondary schools. She teaches at Cookridge Primary School, Leeds, which has been awarded £2,500. Organised by the British Council and supported by HSBC Global Education Trust, the award is to celebrate excellence and innovation in international schools partnerships.

schools in Leeds and Africa on the problem of pollution.

Last year we had teachers coming to us from Mexico.

ZAINAB: My family comes from Iraq. When it was International Cookridge week, I sang a song about my country.

We had a fiesta!

JORDAN: The visits are the best thing.

LEWIS: It’s good to try to solve global issues now when we are young, rather than waiting until it’s too late.

Entrants were required to submit a series of descriptions of their international school partnership work, as evidence of the impact and enrichment of the international dimensions of the teaching and learning in their school. Since arriving at Cookridge Primary some three years ago, Jo has worked tirelessly to create strong links with schools in South Africa, Nigeria, Mexico, Paraguay and Spain with staff members throughout the school exchanging visits with the link schools.

PANIZ: My family comes from Iran. I am an international school councillor. We are working with our partner

Jo Speak with Paniz, Zainab, Jordan and Lewis

Stephen Lawrence Education Standard AIMS To develop effective leadership, and a whole school approach, which embeds race equality into the life of the school.

To examine policies and their outcome, and to guard against causing disadvantage for any section of our communities.

To empower children and young people to become responsible citizens of the world.

To make sure that the duties of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, and the duty to promote community cohesion, are fulfilled.

To acknowledge and celebrate existing good practice in promoting race equality and ethnic minority achievement in schools.

To improve the outcomes for young people and adults in our school.

Education Leeds 10th Floor East, Merrion House, 110 Merrion Centre, Leeds LS2 8DJ

0113 395 0009


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She is pictured here with Paniz, Zainab, Jordan and Lewis, who commented for Harmony:

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