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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


We condemn the brutal killing of George Floyd and the systemic racism that upholds and enforces inequity at every level of our society for Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. It is our mission to work towards dismantling the structural racism that holds back our education system from being inclusive, equitable and accessible to all.

We recognise the heightened distress and trauma our colleagues, pupils, their families and communities are going through and we stand together, with you. We are determined to work towards positive change.

It is not enough to be not racist, we need to be anti-racist.

 

HAVE YOU DOWNLOADED OUR NEW GUIDANCE AND RISK ASSESSMENT FOR BAME COLLEAGUES RETURNING TO WORK IN SCHOOLS?
 

We identified a gap in the guidance, despite BAME colleagues being disproportionately more at risk to sickness and death from Covid-19 - so we wrote our own with support from NHS guidance. It contains calls to action as well as a template risk assessment.

We are delighted that our document has been adopted by the teacher unions, many local authorities and multi academy trusts. Please make sure your setting uses it too!

 
What's On?



We've joined forces with other grassroots organisations to take part in this event for BAME women to share their experiences and gain support in these difficult times.

Please do grab a ticket HERE and join us 


 
Click here to get your ticket

We are pleased to be supporting Diverse Book Week 8 - 14 June 2020.

This week aims to promote the reading of books from authors from diverse backgrounds, to expand the horizons of readers and ultimately to encourage more people to support authors and help to encourage new ones.

These are the ways in which you can get involved with Diverse Book Week when it arrives:

  • Tell people about the week via word of mouth or on social media using the hashtags #diversebookweek and #BAMEed

  • Commit to read or listen to something different during the week and share your learning on social media using the hashtags #diversebookweek and #BAMEed. Take a look at our reading page for inspiration.

Share diverse reads that have had an impact on your thinking. Write a blog, record a short video, or share a message on social media. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #diversebookweek and #BAMEed

If you’re an educator:

  • Read to your pupils from a diverse book this week and make a commitment to review your text selection for future weeks so that your learners continue to benefit from a range of stories and perspectives
  • Ask children and parents to share their diverse reading recommendations on your online platform. Padlet is a good free alternative or Flipgrid if you’d like your school community to share video recommendations instead
  • Set a challenge for pupils to think about the kind of books that they would like to read but maybe haven’t even been written yet. This could be completed in a format that could then be sent to a publisher like Knights Of
Latest opportunities
New south London hub
We're excited to announce that we have a new south London BAMEed Network hub starting up. If you're interested in getting involved in the steering group and in shaping the aims and directions of this group, do get in touch bameed@outlook.com

MA in Race, Education and Decolonial Thought
Leeds Beckett university is offering scholarships on their unique MA Race, Education and Decoloniality to 5 schools or multi academy trusts that can demonstrate a commitment to implement the learning from the course to achieve real organisational change. Find out more about the course here and to find out more about the scholarships, get in touch with Professor Damien Page damien.page@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Would you like to be a CollectivEd Fellow?
CollectivED is a community of teachers and other professionals, academics and students with shared interests, based at The Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University. CollectivED works to expand the available knowledge base on coaching, mentoring and collaborative professional development through research and developing new approaches to active knowledge exchange. You don't have to be based in Leeds to take part and it is easy to apply for a fellowship. Read more and apply here

School business leaders from BAME communities
The workforce survey conducted by ISBL last year revealed some predictable statistics regarding the BAME make-up of the professional school business leadership community. Only 1% of the sample surveyed were of Black or minority ethnic origins. ISBL recognises that it clearly has not done enough to reach out to certain groups, and must do better going forward. As in so many cases, the profile of the workforce doesn’t reflect the children and the communities we serve. The BAMEed Network and ISBL aim to establish a new focus group to discuss and tackle issues related to equity and diversity. Their CEO, Stephen Morales has also recently spoken to other education leaders, and there is a keen appetite to initiate an equity and equality commission. If you are a school business manager or SBL, please do reach out to Stephen at the ISBL and get involved stephen.morales@isbl.org.uk

Do you have something to say?
The Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality is looking for people to contribute to a series of working papers to share perspectives on the impact of COVID-19 and the response to the pandemic, on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people and communities. They are going beyond academic papers and asking for creative contributions as well as conventional academic papers. Find out more and submit your contribution here

 
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
Say their names: a toolkit to help foster productive conversations about race and civil disobedience
Safeguarding our young people means that we all must do the work to think and act equitably, show up for our Black students and colleagues, interrogate our own biases, and live an actively anti-racist life.For suggestions and strategies for educators and parents on having conversations with young people in school and at home about race, racism, racial violence, understanding biases, and how to take action for racial justice see here

Teaching for Black lives - a handbook to fight racism in virtual or face to face classrooms
With permission, we link to the introduction to “Teaching for Black Lives” and two chapters from the book. Read more here

'No reader is too young to start’: anti-racist books for all children and teens
It’s never too early to learn that racism is wrong and we should be doing something about it. These books will help show our kids how, writes publisher and bookseller Aimée Felone. Read more here

If you’re offended by those calling out racism, do better
Here in the UK, important conversations about racism and privilege have begun happening. If you are not someone who has been exposed to the trauma that is racism, it's time to explore your own white fragility. Read more here

COVID-19: the impact on the UK's ethnic minority populations
Drawing on new IFS research, the panel in this piece discuss the reasons why mortality is disproportionately high for minority groups, present evidence on how some minority groups are disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of the lockdown, and recommend ways forward to limit further differential social and economic consequences. Read more here

Decades of anti-racist organising reminds us to prepare for the long fight ahead
We know that this fight is nothing new, and the slow path to progress is well-trod. Our struggle against white supremacy will continue long after the hashtags and the performative allyship fades away in the coming weeks. Read more here

My open letter to educators
Educators across the country are having a real ‘I’m not racist, I have a black neighbour’ moment. This is a moment of real reflection on our role as teachers, and the privileges and platforms we occupy. It’s uncomfortable, I know. But if you can’t tackle these uncomfortable topics with fellow professionals, you sadly never will. Read more here

Exposure to racism is trauma
Continued exposure to racism and its effects creates trauma. More white people who think they are allies need to understand this. If you needed help to make this clear to people around you then read more 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

 
Job opportunities
Director at Runnymede Trust
Dream job alert! Join the UK’s leading independent race equality think tank as their new Director. This is a hugely rewarding and multi-faceted role where you will be the guardian of Runnymede's unique history and a key architect of its future. Read more and apply here
 
Trust board opportunity: unremunerated
South Pennine Academies (SPA) is a rapidly growing trust which seeks to appoint three new non-executive directors to the board. All academies within the trust serve areas of significant disadvantage and some communities have not had regular access to high quality education. Board meetings are held at Dryclough Road, Huddersfield. Read more and apply here

The Inspire Partnership Trust is looking for ‘members’ to join
Do you have the experience and moral purpose needed to fulfill this important role? The Inspire Partnership Trust members are akin to the shareholders of a company. They have ultimate control over the multi academy trust, with the ability to appoint some of the trustees and the right to amend the trust’s articles of association. Their key purpose is to hold the board of trustees to account and ensure that the trust is well run and well managed. Members must meet annually although they may meet more frequently. Find out more and get in touch jnewman@inspirepartnership.co.uk


 
Events
Leadership Development in Education
If you haven't already signed up for these incredible online CPD sessions with Chiltern Teaching Alliance, you really should. There's a huge menu of events to choose from. Read more and sign up free here

Raising anti-racist kids
Join Ibram X.Kendi in conversation with Derecka Purnell for a discussion about raising antiracist kids on 18th June. Read more and sign up here

 
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