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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

What's On?
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!

Email us at BAMEed@outlook.com with the subject line 'My video idea' outlining in a paragraph what you intend to speak about.



 
Click here to submit your idea
Latest opportunities
Race, Identity and School Leadership Programme
Following the death of George Floyd and events of recent weeks, a light has finally been shone on wide-scale racial inequality present in UK society.
 
If we are to learn from these events and change for the better, it is clear that educators have a key role to play. Schools must now consider the interplay between race, identity, organisational practices and processes, and in particular, the impact that they have on the lives of Black students and teachers.
 
Now is a time when headteachers and senior school leaders can take a proactive stance and decide on the roles that they will play in helping to bring about greater racial equality in our schools. To support those senior leaders who want to affect change in their own settings, Integrity Coaching has developed a new ‘Race, identity and School Leadership’ Programme consisting of online workshops and 1:1 coaching sessions designed to assist school leaders in:
  • Identifying key principles of racial equality and social justice and what best practice looks like in individual school contexts
  • Questioning and reflecting on the prevailing narratives that have shaped the discourse on race, identity, education and the achievement of Black pupils
  • Using a narrative enquiry framework to identify how to create personal and organisational narratives that support the achievement of Black pupils
  • Developing the necessary psychological and emotional tools for engaging in difficult conversations about race
  • Increasing their own sense of personal agency and ability to act as an agent of change
If you’d like to find out more, please email office@integritycoaching.co.uk or visit: https://www.integritycoaching.co.uk/identity-race-programme
 
Call for EdD research participants: are you a woman headteacher of a secondary school in England?
Sarah Mullin is currently researching the under-representation of women in secondary school headship positions in England for her Doctorate in Education. If you would be willing to participate in the study by completing a brief online questionnaire, please contact Sarah by emailing MULL410@newman.ac.uk, or contacting her on Twitter @MrsSarahMullin

Call for participants in a study of the impact of COVID-19 on predicted grades for A Level students
The recent announcement by the Department For Education to close all schools and colleges from 20 March resulted in a cancellation of all public exams. OFQUAL decided that students who were due to sit their GCSE and ‘A’ level exams would be awarded their predicted grades. 

This project, which will run from 2020 to 2021, will explore the impact of such measure on ‘A’ level students. The main aims of the study are to explore:
  • The impact (mental and academic) of predicted grades on ‘A’ level students
  • Support systems in place for such students and
  • Differences by race, class, gender and school type
The project will focus on different types of schools and students will be recruited from a range of ethnic backgrounds and geographical locations through a series of surveys and interviews with students.   

For further details or if you are interested in participating in the study please contact: 
Professor Kalwant Bhopal K.Bhopal@bham.ac.uk or Dr Martin Myers martin.myers@nottingham.ac.uk 

Governors for Schools is eager to support BAME educators in becoming school governors in state-funded schools across the country

Bringing your experience of working within our education system to the benefit of schools within your community is a fantastic way to influence at the heart of decisions about how a school should operate. The role also offers a fantastic development opportunity with access to a large amount of free training as well as the opportunity to work alongside people with a wide range of professional backgrounds and expertise.

Governors for Schools is a national charity which provides a free recruitment service to schools across England. Experience of working within education is frequently one of the top skills schools ask for when registering their vacancies. GfS is committed to ensuring every school has effective boards in place with balanced skills and that reflect the community served by the school. GfS needs people with your professional experience to step forward and volunteer as governors to enable us to support schools to achieve this.

If you’d like to apply or learn more about the role please visit www.governorsforschools.org.uk or email Will Durham, Head of London Operations, via william.durham@governorsforschools.org.uk who’ll be delighted to discuss the role and application process with you further or introduce you to the member of staff responsible for your region.

Getting Ahead London (coaching leadership development programme for aspiring senior leaders and aspiring headteachers)

Getting Ahead London is a Challenge Partners programme funded by the Greater London Authority (GLA) that is now in its fourth year. The aim is to provide aspiring London teachers with the skills, experience, networks and knowledge to take the next step in their career or progress to headship

The support offered as part of the programme includes:
  • Coaching from highly experienced London heads to help participants fulfil their leadership potential
  • Help to navigate existing leadership opportunities
  • Face to face leadership development and networking events with world-class businesses
  • Online tools and resources to support your development
  • Support with applying for jobs and preparing for interviews.
There are two GAL programmes, one for aspiring senior leaders and one for aspiring headteachers. If you would like to take part in the aspiring senior leader programme, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • You must be a current middle leader in a school in London. Examples of eligible roles are year group leader, subject leader, inclusion lead etc.
  • You must have at least 2 years in this role.
If you would like to take part in the aspiring headteacher programme you must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • You must be a current senior leader in a school in London. Examples of eligible roles are assistant head, deputy head, head of school, acting head
  • You must have at least 2 years experience in this role.
For both programmes, you and your school will need to commit to:
  • You attending 10 days/half days of events and coaching sessions throughout the academic year. (Travel across and within London will be expected for these coaching sessions and events)
  • Paying a supplement of £500 towards the GLA funded programme
Spaces are limited so please visit https://www.challengepartners.org/getting-ahead-london, see the attached information form for the relevant GAL programme that you are interested in or get in touch with gal@challengepartners.org as soon as possible. 


Hopscotch needs you
Hopscotch Consulting is an education consultancy creating and delivering national school programmes that reach, engage and inspire young people. They work with some of the UK’s biggest brands including LifeSkills created with Barclays, Shell, Vodafone, Bupa, Sport England, Department for Education and many more.

Hopscotch is looking to build their network of teaching professionals from all over the UK with a range of subject specialisms and teaching roles. To make sure their programmes are grounded in teacher insight, their network review materials, trial resources with students, write lesson plans, attend focus groups and write blogs. With all formal opportunities paid for, get in contact with Hopscotch via teachers@hopscotchconsulting.co.uk if you’re interested in being added to their database.


 
Have you seen our speakers page? Submit your profile or recommend one of your favourite speakers does. Seek diverse voices for your event or forward to an event organiser.

Browse the page here
 
Reading
Four things to understand before tackling racial inequality at your organisation
Why an overwhelmingly white HR leadership team trying to advise a white C-suite team about engaging with Black staff just isn’t going to work. Read more here

Science explains why unconscious bias training won’t reduce workplace racism
Here’s what will. Read more here

How to create an anti-racist school setting
Useful action plan and resources can be found here

The National Education Union's anti-racism charter
This framework has been designed to help you explore ideas around race equality and plan how to tackle racism with children, young people and staff.
It offers discussion starters in your workplace to help:
  • Empower Black staff and pupils to explore and express what matters to them
  • Support young people’s right to speak out and engage as active citizens with the issues around racism that they care about
  • Challenge racial inequalities and oppressive racial norms and assumptions.
Read more here 

White senior leaders: 12 practical things you can do this week to create a supportive culture for your Black/BAME colleagues
Things you can do as senior white leaders/managers in the next week to create a culture in your organisation that supports Black/BAME colleagues and implements racial equity and justice (and this will benefit other disadvantaged groups and everyone else too). Read more here

Race and racism in English secondary schools
Read this latest Runnymede Trust report here

How have schools failed Black girls?
Share, listen/watch, reflect, act on the recommendations. Watch here

Hush, we came on Windrush
A short film celebrating the Caribbean community and their contributions to British society. Watch here


 
Have you taken a look at our reading list? These books have been selected by network members for their power to challenge perceptions and encourage dialogue.

Browse the list here
 
Have you taken a look at our Connect page recently? There are several regional hubs being set up - see if there's a hub in your area and get in touch with them directly to get involved.

If you see a gap, get in touch and we will work with you to set one up!

Browse the list here
 
Job opportunities
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Programme Lead
Read more and apply here

Curriculum policy leads for the DfE
Read more and apply here

Schools ambassador for No Isolation
Read more and apply here

 
Events
Teach Sustainable Development Goals, Skills and Values 
Dates and times available throughout July and August.
If you want free certified training and free access to Lyfta's stunning learning platform, there are still a few more places on their online training. Rated extremely or very valuable by over 90% of participants to date. Read more and book a place here

Tackling race inequality in school leadership: what can school leaders and governors do?
Weds, 15 July, 5:00pm
A live Q&A with Professor Paul Miller. Read more and book a place here

Diversifying and decolonising the curriculum
Tues, 21 July 4:30pm
We need long-term solutions for the profession to enable children and young people to continue to receive world-class education. This future must be shaped by the teaching profession. The Chartered College is Teaching will be supporting this conversation with the #FutureOfTeaching, bringing together teachers from across the world to drive the change we need to benefit children and young people. Read more and book a place here

Other Cinema's weekender of film and discussion exploring the 'other'
Sat, 25 July & Sun 26 July
The events ask: What does a cinema that centres non-white stories, and Black and non-white filmmakers look like? How do we create it? Are we closer to that goal today or does the past show progress isn’t a straight road and that the struggle for (an)other kind of cinema continues today. Read more and book a place here


 
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