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?
In short, nothing much is 'on'  in terms of conferences and events, as we are all focusing on supporting keyworkers' children, adhering to social distancing and social isolation in the wake of the Covid-19 epidemic.

We are exploring how we might move our BAMEed Network conference scheduled  for 30th May to another date, and potentially online.

Watch this space and in the meantime, stay safe and be well. We appreciate the work you do, especially at this difficult and frightening time.
Latest opportunities
Survey for PGCE and School Direct non-salaried trainees

We would like to invite you to take part in a 5-minute national survey exploring the ways in which aspiring teachers fund their teacher training in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In the (L)Earning to Teach research project seeks to understand the financial situation experienced by PGCE and non-salaried School Direct trainees. All responses are anonymous, and no information is required (including awarding institute) that will mean you are identifiable.For the link to the survey and the online participant information sheet click here 

Working with Microsoft Education

The Microsoft Education team is passionate about empowering every student and teacher on the planet to achieve more. They are dedicated to inclusive and accessible learning, improving student outcomes, and preparing students for the future through computer science education. They are committed to diversity and equity in education. Following discussion with Microsoft Education, the BAMEed Network is delighted to share with you opportunities for you, your school, and your students. You will find links to access these opportunities below:

Teacher professional development and recognition

We know being an educator is more challenging today than it ever has been - shrinking budgets, increasing class sizes, growing workload and higher technical expectations. The Microsoft Education centre provides teachers with ongoing professional development to keep up with an ever changing tech landscape. It can be used for self-directed learning and as a framework for school-wide CPD. Teachers can earn badges by completing courses, and join the community through Microsoft Innovative Educator Programmes as recognition of a growth mindset. They have courses that range from Transform Learning with Microsoft Teams to Inclusive Digital Literacy and everything in between. Have a tour and earn a badge today!

Supporting new-in-career teachers

The student teacher education programme helps teachers new to teaching embrace a growth mindset about technology and learn how to embed 21st Century Skills into their teaching. The programme is offered virtually on the Microsoft Educator Centre and can be completed in an NQT year with the support of an advisor or self-directed. Upon completion you will be awarded a certificate and will also be ready to take the Microsoft Certified Educator Exam. This learning path is an excellent way for new-in-career teachers to gain leadership and influence in a new placement while benefiting the entire school.

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 and listening
New report on barriers in education for young Travellers in London

The Traveller Movement has published new research on barriers in education for young Travellers in London. Conducted over a six month period, the peer led research shows that Traveller pupils experience very high levels of racist bullying in school, by teachers and pupils alike, which is hampering their educational attainment leading many to leave school early without any formal qualifications. Read more and watch a short video here

Why Gypsies and Travellers like me fight for a better future in the UK

The British government’s proposals to criminalise encampments threatens  Travellers' nomadic way of life, entrenches racism, and upholds dangerous stereotypes, writes Lisa Smith, YTT editor of Travellers’ Times, and the chairperson for The Advisory Council for the Education of Romany and other Travellers. Read more here

What is white fragility – and should you be offended by the term?

White fragility is the defensiveness, awkwardness and anger that some white people display when confronted with matters of racism. Spoiler alert, there is no place for taking offence at the term. Read more here

Black male teachers, white education spaces: troubling school practices of othering and surveillance

In this paper, UCL Associate Professor of Education, Christine Callender, adopts the use of critical race theory (CRT) to examine how black male teachers are characterised and constructed in white education spaces. If you have membership of the Chartered College of Teaching or are studying at university level, you should be able to access the paper free here

How to argue with a racist

Dr Adam Rutherford offers a scientific toolkit to separate fact from myth in understanding how we are different and how we are the same. Listen here

Trauma, Resonance, Resilience podcast

Listen to this podcast episode with Dr Muna Abdi on narratives, anti-racism and education. Dr Abdi draws on her personal, professional and academic research experiences to explore the parts that trauma, resonance and resilience play in the lives of students and adults of colour in our education system. 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
Facilitation and Learning Design Manager at Fearless Futures

Fearless Futures engages people in critical thought to understand and challenge the root causes of inequalities and grow powerful new ways of leading and designing transformative change. Read more and apply here

Programme Lead at The Difference

The Difference is a new education charity, founded to improve the life outcomes of the most vulnerable children by raising the status and expertise of those who teach them. Read more and apply here

Deputy Director of Inclusion - Astrea Academy Trust

Located in South Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire.  You will bring significant leadership experience with demonstrable impact from a range of senior leadership roles. Read more and apply here 


Director of Chafford Hundred Teaching School

If you want to be a part Harris Federation's effort in transforming education in London, and help create exceptional places of learning, please download the job pack for a full job description and person specification here

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