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VIRTUAL EVENT: A critical and anti-racist analysis of the increasing presence of police in school

20 October 2020, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Rush of pupils leaving the school entrance at home time. Image by Phil Meech for UCL

In this webinar, Dr Remi Joseph-Salisbury will present his critical and anti-racist analysis of the increasing presence of police in schools.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Jenny Woodman, UCL Social Research Institute

To register and for more information, contact Jenny Woodman. 

In the context of a racialised moral panic around serious youth violence, recent times have seen a resurgence of calls to increase the presence of police in English schools. 

There is a lack of popular and political opposition, and a lack of critical academic consideration around this topic. 

In this presentation, Dr Remi Joseph-Salisbury will make a case to end school-based policing. Drawing from his research with teachers in Greater Manchester, he will argue how police presence in schools affects learning.

He will explore how it creates a culture of low expectations, criminalises young people and feeds a school to prison pipeline. 

Remi will explore how racially minoritized students are more harshly affected. He will provide evidence to suggest that English schools should be police free.

TCRU seminar series

The Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU) hosts a weekly seminar series, where invited speakers present work of relevance to the research interests of the unit.


Image: Phil Meech for UCL

About the Speaker

Dr Remi Joseph-Salisbury

Presidential Fellow in Ethnicity and Inequalities at the University of Manchester.

Remi is the author of 'Black Mixed-Race Men', and co-editor of 'The Fire Now: Anti-Racism in Times of Explicit Racial Violence'.

He has written widely on race and racism, with a particular focus on racism in education. His forthcoming work, with Dr Laura Connelly, focuses on anti-racist scholar-activism in UK universities and will be published as a book in 2021. Remi is active with a number of anti-racist activist organisations, and writes regularly for print and online media.