two weeks ago, I had chosen an audio visual clip for a lesson in which a short story was read, to which, the YEAR 5/6 children would write a sequel. When this was shared with the other 2 teachers in the year group they both giggled and asked why I hadn't used a clip which was done by an English person (or someone British). The SMT who had made that statement quickly corrected herself and said that she 'didn't mean it to sound that way'. Truly, I was offended because: 1) I hadnt even noticed that the voice had a non-british accent, yet they did (vaguely noticeable) 2) our school is ethnically diverse with managers and children from different backgrounds and with different accents. 3) I too have a slight accent- which makes me wonder about their lack of faith/support for me as a leader (they undermine every initiative the deputy who is also a non-native, and I put forward - long story???!!). I have heard colleagues questioning a colleague's (Spanish decent) promotion on the grounds that 'his accent doesnt really help' so he shouldn't be made to line manage others. Another colleague was heard ranting about not attending a training which would have been led by another non-native colleague. My question is, would this be regarded as RACIST? DISCRIMINATION? OR MIND OVER MATTER?