Glenthorne High School will be seen on TV screens for the next three weeks as they explore racial identity.

The documentary series follows a diverse group of twenty-four, Year 7 students, and their teachers, as they uncover 'difficult' and 'uncomfortable' conversations about race.

In late 2018, the school were approached by TV production company, Proper Content, to see whether unconscious racial biases could be identified and changed in a social experiment.

Filming took place in March 2019 and the documentary will air tonight ( June 25) at 9.00 pm.

Supported by a team of experts on race and social psychology, teachers facilitated a range of activities to engage students in critical thinking on the subject of race.

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Through classroom discussions, they explored race, stereotypes, unconscious bias and discrimination, often breaking up into smaller race-specific affinity groups, to create a safer space to explore racial identity.

Mahkai, a pupil who took part in the experiment said: “Most of us on this show know what we are saying.

"We’re on it to get a point across, not to be famous.

"I don’t feel like children are heard enough.”

Headmaster Steve Hume said: "As most schools, particularly multi-racial schools like ours, we have been quietly working to combat racism for many years.

"Promoting tolerance and respect, celebrating cultural diversity and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic role-models, encouraging pride in one’s ethnic identity and implementing a zero-tolerance policy against racist language.

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"Over many years, incrementally, we have built up an excellent record of racial harmony, not perfect, but generally all ethnic groups get on very well together."

Steve added:

It was an intellectually and emotionally challenging experience that required the resilience of students, teachers, experts and the production team.

“However, quite early on in the filming, it was clear that our students were adapting and becoming more adept at navigating difficult conversations on race.

"BAME pupils are still subjected to and offended by racist attitudes, so it's imperative not to be complacent and keep working to eradicate prejudice and inequality."

The school has since announced they will be adapting their PSHE curriculum to recognise the contribution of the BAME community.