What is an E-Team?
An E-Team is a group of young people supported by adults that works to promote equality within their setting.
In a primary school this may be finding ways to promote friendships and celebrate difference. In secondary schools or youth settings the teams can work towards addressing equalities issues, such as racism, sexism, HBT (Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic) language and behaviour. The teams can work towards issues within their local area, schools or wherever the E-Team is based.
This guide has been produced by young people and is intended to help you to set up an E-team and create a group to take action within your school, club or other environment. We have provided some suggestions based on our experiences but each E-Team should choose how their team is run.
Although the guide has been produced by Bath and North East Somerset Council, there is no reason why Wiltshire schools can't follow these examples of good practice.
If Wiltshire schools have developed and are using E-teams we would be interested to hear about them.
Setting up an E-team Step by Step
Start off by getting a few people together who are passionate about making your school (or setting) more equal.
This is a really important part because you need to make sure you are committed and able to handle any potential set-backs.
Getting a teacher or project worker on board early on, gives you support and an idea of what you can and can’t do. It also really helps to have the backing of senior members of staff.
It is important to let the whole school or setting know about your E-team. In a school you can do this by holding assemblies where you can explain the reasons for setting up an Eteam and outline some of the potential issues. You will also want to find out if there are other young people who would be interested in joining your E-team.
A survey can highlight the issues that young people are concerned about. You should look at the survey results with all of the members of your team and pick out what everyone says the biggest problems are. This could be bullying, feeling isolated, concerned about inappropriate language or behaviour, being aware of discrimination, being discriminated against, being anxious about being different.
After this you need a plan to tackle the problem. Every school and setting has problems, it’s useful to think about the best way to approach them. You could do a poster or a pledge campaign, hold a fun event, you could talk to the PSHE lead to see if your campaign could be included in the PSHE curriculum.