Our 'A Generation without Hate' conference, held on 2-3 November 2017, looked at how educational settings can help with tackling the prejudice-motivated hate crime that threatens both social cohesion and the freedom of individuals to interact in society without fear of prejudice, discrimination or torment.
Combating and understanding the complex nature of hate crime is no easy task, and one that requires a cross-sector and multi-agency approach.
Last year, the Home Affairs Committee launched its Hate Crime Action Plan, at the heart of which is a plan for building stronger community partnerships and facilitating co-ordinated approaches 'to ensure that best practice in tackling hate crime is understood and drawn upon in all our work'.
It makes a strong commitment to increasing funding and support for educational programmes, to help tackle intolerance and prejudice in society.
Our conference session on 'Making a Lasting Difference', with Dr Chater, asked the questions:
- What can be done to scale up what works?
- How do we make interventions sustainable?
It examined the life-cycle of grant making, and the competing pressures of innovating, delivering impact and ‘trustee fatigue’.
It also took account of the challenges of scalability: different communities and regions have different needs.
Dr Chater is the Director of Culham St Gabriel's Trust (CStGT). He is responsible for leading the strategic vision and planning of the trust, developing good connections with outside organisations, designing CStGT’s work with and for teachers, and reporting regularly to our trustees.
He trained and qualified as a teacher of RE, and taught in three schools before getting the bug for research and going to work in higher education. His doctorate in 1997 was an analytical comparison of the theory and practice of Religious Education (RE) in confessional and non-confessional contexts. Mark has taught undergraduate theology and religious studies, initial teacher education, and led bespoke, school-based MA programmes, and courses in leadership and management.
For four years from September 2011, Mark was senior adviser for RE with the Qualifications & Curriculum Authority, looking after RE’s interests in the secondary and primary curriculum reviews.
A transcript of Dr Mark Chater's address can be downloaded from this webpage.