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're so excited that over 650 tickets have already gone for the first event of our 'Courageous conversations about race' series, looking at setting the strategy for becoming an anti-racist organisation. We will be in conversation with Professor Paul Miller, after he has given an input to set the scene.

You can grab the last few tickets and join us on Monday 26th October at 5.30pm.

Just click below.
Click here to get your ticket
Latest opportunities
E-learning module for teachers
In this free 1-hour training module you will be provided with articles, activities and video to develop your knowledge and understanding around the difference between UK Parliament and government.
Complete module here

Take part in UK Parliament Week (1-7 Nov)
UK Parliament Week isn’t far away! Get a free kit packed full of activities to inspire future voters, including an activity booklet, ballot box and selfie props.
Get your kit now here

Call for papers
London Review of Education is a fully open-access, peer-reviewed journal that provides a diversity of perspectives on all types, sectors and phases of education. It has put out a call on decolonising the school curriculum for a special feature to be published March 2022. Submit EOI by 7 January 2021. Read more and submit your paper here

Super Sapiens
Super Sapiens is a parent-started social enterprise creating inclusive and fun educational card games. Super Sapiens is a card game which pays tribute to 12 inspiring diverse women from around the world - the world’s real superheroes, ‘the Super Sapiens’. It’s a simple concept but one that turns play into inspiration: helping children to explore hidden histories, to cultivate understanding about the world (and learn how to make it better for all!), and to develop their own superpowers through self-care and self-love. Suitable for ages 3-11 years. Super Sapiens donates 75% of profits  to organisations led by the Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) as reparations. Free resources available for schools (print and play game, posters, colouring in sheets) are available here

Free books for your school
Hashi Mohamed is giving away free copies of his brilliant book, People Like Us, for teachers to use in the classroom, or for a staffroom reading group. Grab yours while they last here

Eastside's Free Video Workshops for Schools
This Autumn, primary, secondary and SEN schools can access Eastside’s Free Creative Video Workshops for schools exploring the Black Lives Matter Movement and Mental Wellbeing. Videos are designed to use in the classroom, or share with any students shielding at home, and support schools to meet the PSHE / Citizenship curriculum. All video workshops have been designed by Eastside’s professional facilitators to suit a 50-min lesson containing creative activities. To get started, check out the Teacher Guide, gather the items on the resources checklist and play the video in your classroom, pausing while students work on each task.
For unlimited access to the videos click here

Remember Black service people throughout history
These Black history digital resources for key stages 3 and 4 include an assembly and lesson plan to help students understand the stories of Black British, African and Caribbean service people who have often been unfairly excluded from the history books and help students consider some of the reasons for and effects of these omissions.

Supported by consultancy from The Black Curriculum and BlackPoppyRose, the assembly resource profiles service people from throughout history, while the interactive lesson resources offer source materials to help students explore the contributions and stories of Black Britons, West and East Africans and Caribbean service people during World War One. The resources also offer examples of the role of Black women in the armed forces and document case studies of a Trinidadian, British and East African (from the Tanzania-Malawi border region) woman during WWI. Read more and download the resources here

Poetry in the primary classroom
This is an exciting new project, held in partnership with the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) which will run over two years between September 2020 and December 2021. The project aims to offer primary school teachers a rich Continuing Professional Development and Learning (CPDL) programme to enhance their enjoyment of and practice with poetry from Africa and the diaspora. Working closely with poets from our Africa Writes festival community, we will develop educational workshops and resources to inspire new ways of working with poetry in the primary classroom. This work seeks to enhance creativity in the classroom, increasing children’s participation in the arts while shining a light on exciting work by poets from Africa and the diaspora. Read more and apply here

We are still looking for BAMEed Network members who would like to help us set up and run a BAMEed Governance Hub for school governors and trustees.

Let us know if you're interested in getting involved!

Free Black History Month teaching resource
This illustrated book contains stories about influential Black Britons who have impacted UK laws and equal rights. Designed for 5-11s, it can be used throughout the academic year to embed stories of important Black Britons across the curriculum. Read more here

Ten Black history events that should be taught to every pupil
Black History Month is a chance to introduce forgotten historical episodes into the curriculum, from the British black panthers to the Bristol bus boycott. Read more here 

Education, #BlackLivesMatter and racial justice in the UK and beyond
This special series of the BERA Blog addresses the BlackLivesMatter movement and questions of racial justice in both the UK and beyond, as we celebrate Black History Month amid deepening inequality, continuing police brutality and mounting global pressure for change. Across nine articles, the collection presents new research and thinking on the decolonisation of education, diversity in the workforce, cultural capital, inclusion in decision-making bodies across the education sector, incorporating racial equality into the maths, history and other curricula, and more. Read more here

How the best bosses interrupt bias on their teams
Companies spend millions on anti-bias training each year. The goal is to create workforces that are more inclusive, and thereby more innovative and more effective. Studies show that well-managed diverse groups outperform homogeneous ones and are more committed, have higher collective intelligence, and are better at making decisions and solving problems. But research also shows that bias prevention programs rarely deliver. And some companies don’t invest in them at all. So how can you, as an individual leader, make sure your team is including and making the most of diverse voices? Can one person fix what an entire organisation can’t? Read more here

How a social enterprise is trying to support fairer recruitment of supply teachers and TAs
Zen Educate, an online staffing platform and social enterprise, has released an ‘Anonymise’ feature on its platform. ‘Anonymise’ enables school users on Zen’s platform to view anonymised versions of teacher and TA profiles in daily supply search results. Once switched on, the feature remains active for future sessions unless turned off. Read about why Zen chose to release this feature to schools and how it works here

Black Star Line: The Story of Marcus Garvey
A look at the life of Black activist Marcus Garvey, whose ideology encouraged black independence and who had a dream of black self-reliance across the world. This programme examines whether his dreams of a century ago are still relevant today and, if so, who is leading the charge with them. Listen here

The Listening Project with Allana Gay and Penny Rabiger
Allana and Penny were heard in conversation for the BBC Radio 4 programme, The Listening Project last week. Hear how and two women who work in education, both of different faiths and cultures, talk about their shared commitment to change through action rather than words with the BAMEed Network. Listen 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 of Chrysalis East
A unique opportunity to found the ground-breaking Chrysalis East programme at London Academy of Excellence, Tottenham.
Chrysalis East exists to support progression to highly-selective universities for students in Tottenham. Working in partnership across a network of local schools, this new programme includes academic enrichment, intervention, university preparation and careers guidance. They are seeking a Director to establish, develop and lead this exciting project, which will launch in January 2021. Read more and apply here

Speechwriter to the Home Secretary, Priti Patel
The Home Office is looking for a talented, confident and committed speechwriter to write high profile speeches for the Home Secretary and to lead their speech-writing team. Read more and apply before midnight on Monday 19th October here

HM Inspectorate of Probation
This is the independent inspectorate of youth offending and probation services in England and Wales. They will be conducting an inspection into youth offending service delivery for Black, Asian and minority ethnic children and staff and are offering exciting opportunities to join the team and work on this important issue. There are two temporary placements for criminal justice workers to join on secondment (up to eight weeks over six months). They are seeking individuals with in-depth operational and strategic experience of youth offending service delivery specifically for Black, Asian and ethnic minority children and staff. You should also be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the issues facing these children and staff. Find out more and apply here

Woodhouse College is looking for a principal
Principal of Woodhouse College & CEO of the new Academy Trust. The deadline is 30 October. Find out more and apply here

Volunteer role
The Education & Training Foundation, the national body for professional development and standards in the Further Education (FE) and Training sector. They are recruiting for two new trustees to join the charity’s Board. The ETF aims to support and enable the workforce to be more representative of the diversity of the FE and training learner population and at the same time have a diverse range of voices on the Board to shape decision making. They welcome applications to these vacancies from all backgrounds and would particularly encourage applications from young, disabled or Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals, along with individuals with ‘lived experience’ of the FE and training sector. There’s further details on their website and the deadline for applications is 30 Oct.

Free British Council funded course with Lyfta
There are still some places left this term for the Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning Level 2 certified course. You will gain 12 weeks access to Lyfta's stunning online platform to use with your students. Suitable for primary, secondary and special school teachers in England and Scotland. Find out more and sign up here 

Free online talks this autumn
Join UK Parliament for a conversation with the founders of Museumand - The National Caribbean Heritage Museum. See what other online activities and talks are on this month, from historic furniture to the Gunpowder Plot to how Parliament works. Book now

The Traveller Movement Annual Conference
The Traveller Movement's Annual National Conference will take place online this year on Thursday the 12th of November 2020. The keynote speaker is Senator Eileen Flynn, the first Irish Traveller to hold this position in Ireland. Other panel speakers include Zarah Sultana MP, Keith Frazer and leading Gypsy and Traveller activists. Their brochure can be found here and bookings can be made here. You do not want to miss it! 

Metaphors for a Black Future, curated by Martha Adonai Williams, featuring free online workshops for Scotland-based writers, non-writers and artists who are Black/from the African diaspora, including people of mixed heritage. Tickets and information available here.
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