BAMEed Network
Strength in Difference

An education sector that is a reflection of our society

Welcome to the BAMEed Network Newsletter
BAMEed is a grassroots network aimed at ensuring our diverse communities are represented as a substantive part of the education workforce. There are three main parts to our network mission:
  1. Increasing the number of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people entering and remaining in education careers
  2. Encouraging and supporting those within the profession to progress in their career
  3. Championing change in education structures so that bias does not prevent diverse representation

These three parts feed into our beliefs that are listed on our website here

We are planning an exciting programme of events throughout next academic year, and are now actively looking for inputs from people who can speak from experience on the following:
  1. Taking an audit and setting the strategy to become an anti-racist institution
  2. Curriculum design and decolonisation
  3. Relationships with the wider school community - supplementary schools, parents evenings, cultural connections etc
  4. Working with BAME young people speaking about what they want
  5. Recruitment - staff and governance
  6. Performance management, professional standards, retention and development of staff (incl. coaching)
If you can speak on one of these theme areas in a video lasting no more than 30 minutes, provide some reflective questions/provocations/ideas for discussion in school or provide an accompanying reading list of short articles and freely available content, we want to hear from you!

Send us your video using WeTransfer to  along with a paragraph outlining what you are speaking about from the 6 topics above.

DEADLINE 31st August 2020

Latest opportunities
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:
  • Governance, Leadership & Management
  • School Environment
  • Professional Learning & Development
  • Hidden Curriculum
  • Pedagogy & Curriculum
  • Parents/Carers & Community Partnerships 
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.
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...
  • 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
Submit a pitch for your story or story idea here.

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

To register as a contributor please fill in this google form:


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

They are also interested in designing curriculums for teachers to successfully execute their learning goals. Please email  at 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 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:

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

Have you seen our 'Connect' page on our website?

We now have regional hubs in many more areas across the country. Go to the 'Connect' page and click on the links to get involved regionally.

If you can't see your region represented and would like to set up a local hub, get in touch with us right now and we will support you to link with others in your area and get started.

Browse the page here

We can feel the promises on race and racism fading already
As HEPI publishes a pamphlet on decolonisation, Ruqia Osman asks if the Black Lives Matter “moment” for higher education is about to pass - again. Read more here

Why diversity training on campus is likely to disappoint
If colleges and universities want to effect meaningful social change, they will soon discover that diversity training is no substitute for education. Read more here

Disrupting the status quo: beyond a reactionary response to race discussions in schools
Read this article written by one of our BAMEed Bristol & SW Hub members here 

Institutional racism in schools: what can school leaders and governors do?
No school likes to think of themselves as racist. But subconscious bias and discrimination is playing a devastating role, argues Professor Paul Miller. Read more here

The inner work that makes cross-racial conversations easier
This blog post has been adapted from the book, Inclusive Conversations: Fostering Equity, Empathy, and Belonging across Differences, by Mary-Frances Winters. It describes a 3-step process for practising metacognition and explains how working on self-talk and self-concept can improve inclusive conversations. Read more here

Have you taken a look at our 'Resources' page on our website lately? 

This area of the website is now updated at least once a week and contains easily searchable resources including articles, podcasts, booklists, videos and more

Browse the resources here

Job opportunities
Woodhouse College in north London
Woodhouse College is looking for two posts at the moment:
An SpLD Support Tutor for a permanent, full-time post. Read more and apply here
A Psychology teacher for a full-time post. Read more and apply here

Children's Commissioner for England
The Commissioner operates as a corporation role, sponsored by the Department for Education and is appointed by the Secretary of State for Education. The Commissioner’s primary function is promoting and protecting the rights of children in England. Read more and apply here

Eastside is looking for a consultant
Eastside is an arts education charity aiming to nurture, inspire and celebrate the creativity of all children and young people, and activate youth voice. They are currently looking for someone to consult on a paid basis for a new project they are currently developing.

About the project
Eastside is currently commissioning a series of free online workshops to be available to schools on the theme of Black Lives Matter: Celebrating Black British History and Culture designed and delivered by a selection of Eastside's Black creatives. Workshops will be suited to primary and secondary and are designed to be a 45 minute lesson in a video played by teachers in the classroom.

Eastside is aware that the national curriculum is limited in terms of Black representation and as an organisation feels passionately that young Black people must see their heritage represented in their education, and that young people from other backgrounds should have opportunities to gain a fuller education in this area. The hope is that these creative digital workshops will support teachers across London (and beyond) to put Black British history and culture at the forefront of school life.

Consultation process
In order to get this right, Eastside is keen to carry out a process of consultation on the content of these digital workshops to ensure that we are approaching the topic from an angle that represents black issues appropriately.

They have budgeted for an expert in this field to work in a consulting capacity to support their direction in terms of the content their creatives cover in this workshop series. They are envisaging approximately 3 x 1.5-hr meetings which would involve Zoom calls with Eastside staff and creatives developing workshops, reviewing project proposals and making suggestions regarding appropriate workshop delivery and materials.  Work would begin as soon as possible with a view to launching the programme in September.
Please get in touch with Matilda at if you are interested.

Racism and rural racism
Explore rural racism and what can be done about it. This event takes place online on 18th August a 7.00pm - 8.00pm. Read more and book a place here

Sister2Sister Launch
Join Sister2Sister on 28th August 6:45pm - 8:00pm online as they celebrate the launch of their brand new social enterprise that supports young BAME females aged 13-21. Read more and book a place here

Educational Equity Services training and events
Professor Paul Miller and associates are now offering a series of events and training opportunities covering BAME staff recruitment and progression, leading organisational change, developing a shared language about race, decolonising the curriculum.
You can see the range of workshops here and book a place here

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