The Anti-Racist School Award
The Leeds Beckett Centre for Education, Race and Decoloniality's Anti-Racist School Award is an assessment tool to evaluate current practices and initiatives within your school. It enables evaluation of the overall anti-racism support and strategies that exist within your school, while also helping to give structure to the development plan for any improvements.
The Award framework focuses on the following areas:
You will start by completing a self assessment diagnostic which helps you to explore several of the statements within each of the themes. This is a short activity which gives you the opportunity as a school to reflect on where your school is currently at and where you would like to get to. Once completed you will have your initial call with your online coach, the coach will use your self assessment diagnostic to help frame the conversation as well as supporting and guiding you through the process.
- Governance, Leadership & Management
- School Environment
- Professional Learning & Development
- Hidden Curriculum
- Pedagogy & Curriculum
- Parents/Carers & Community Partnerships
You school will have a year to achieve the award, following your initial coaching call and the status lasts for 3 years from completion. As you work through the statements within the framework, you will gather evidence to meet the statements - this could be a policies that you implement, processes that you have in place, photographs, minutes from a meeting, presentations, newsletters and other pieces of work that you have undertaken.
The statements within the competency framework are the same whether you are looking to work towards achieving Bronze, Silver or Gold. It is how you work with the statement that differentiates the level. The whole process is self-developmental and you are supported by a coach and have the opportunity to meet other Award Leads through the online community.
Should you wish to complete the award, please complete this form: Anti-Racist Award Booking. The award costs £395 plus VAT.
We are in beta podcast needs you
Season 3 of the #weareinbeta podcast has been a remarkable journey. Now, get your school involved with Season 4...We are in beta will be sharing 10 stories from teachers that delve into a specific experience and hearing thought processes and reflections along the way.
We are in beta podcast exists to give you, the community, a platform to be heard. We are in beta wants to tell your stories. Here are some things to keep in mind when making your submission...
Submit a pitch for your story or story idea here.
- Here's “what makes a good submission” to help
- We are in beta will set you up to record and help you tell your story.
- You’ll need to be available for approximately 4hrs of recording over six weeks. It could be in bulk or an hour a week. They’ll work with you to make it easy.
- We are in beta can only accept submissions from people currently working in/for a school
Call for submissions for the October 2020 Nourished Collective Community Project
‘Her Voice. Our Diaspora’.
In this project, women educators from the African and African-Caribbean Diaspora based in the UK are celebrated. One discrete week of the project will run in tandem with Somali Festival Week and will specifically spotlight the voices of Somali women.
There is no specific theme that you need to write about, Nourished Collective is interested in hearing and celebrating your voices and experiences as a Black woman educator and will be delighted, excited and privileged to share your lens.
This project differs from the others in one other way. Throughout the month Nourished Collective will hold 2-3 live events in which you will get to read your work to an online audience (or have your work read on your behalf). The format of these events will enable a rich and intimate discussion about the experiences of Black women educators in the UK today.
To find out more go to https://www.nourishedcollective.com/october-2020-cp-invite
To register as a contributor please fill in this google form: https://forms.gle/hvdPkP2CKXj1eKrZ8
African and Caribbean themed arts and crafts
Arts & crafts in schools are essential to the overall development of children. They help boost creativity and confidence in learning and more importantly give kids the freedom to express what's significant to them.
While it's not uncommon to involve kids in such activities, the current school curriculum doesn't include many African or Caribbean themed crafts that aid positive Black history learning. Kits & Kids are dedicated to creating teaching resources that celebrate our culture so that more kids can take pride in creating artwork that truly reflects them.
Kits & Kids achieves this by choosing a subject to focus on each month and then creating activity packs with worksheets, and DIY projects to facilitate learning. Their first kit ‘African Countries’ explores different regions in Africa with word searches and crosswords, map colouring and dot to dots. The DIY project features a bunting activity with African flags and they’ve provided the resources required for this. Although their current kits are more suitable for the younger ones, they hope to create more that can be used in secondary schools with the help of teachers. Shop for fun-filled packs at https://themerakiincentive.com
They are also interested in designing curriculums for teachers to successfully execute their learning goals. Please email at email@example.com to discuss how you can collaborate on this.
My School, My Planet
My School, My Planet is a fully funded and resourced cutting-edge project delivered by Learning through Landscapes in partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund that will focus on improving the outcomes of children from BAME and disadvantaged backgrounds by helping them to connect with nature and enhance their personal sense of responsibility towards the environment. The project will directly support children for 8 full days as they return to school to increase engagement with learning, stimulate curiosity and improve mental health and wellbeing.
My School, My Planet will focus on supporting children in the four nations of the UK in key stage 2 and 3 (upper primary/lower secondary) to develop their knowledge about climate change, biodiversity and the importance of soils in growing food through a curriculum linked programme. The aim is to leave a legacy of improved school grounds that will continue to benefit the school, connect children to their outdoor heritage and inspire future study of natural history.
My School, My Planet would love to hear from you, so if you have any questions or want to get involved in this project please email firstname.lastname@example.org and their friendly team will be in touch to help you straight away. They are recruiting schools throughout August 2020
MathsConf24 needs you
The Complete Mathematics Conference is the UK's largest maths teacher conference, bringing together thousands of maths teachers each year, from primary, secondary, and FE to collaborate, network and learn from each other. You can find more information here: completemaths.com/cpd/mathsconf24
Due to the current circumstances, this is now a virtual conference, so now educators from the around the globe can join in the fun. The previous virtual conference had 3000 attendees from over 70+ countries. They're currently looking for mathematics teachers to run workshops for #MathsConf24 on Saturday 3rd October 2020.
Please note, that this is not a paid position. All the teachers that run a workshop for do so for the opportunity to share what they've learnt and connect with teachers across the globe. To express an interest, please contact email@example.com