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Diverse Educators
Be where you are celebrated, not tolerated.

Happy new year! We wish you all a positive and purposeful 2021.

Our Updates

We have news about our book being published in January 2022: 'Diverse Educators: A Manifesto', being published by the University of Buckingham Press. We are seeking 10 chapter editors and 100 contributors from the #DiverseEd community.

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Our Developments

Bennie will be sharing ‘Books to Change the World’ for 365 days throughout 2021. Follow her on Twitter @benniekara to diversify your reading list and your thinking. 

Hannah is working with our partner, Alliance for Learning, to co-organise this Early Career Teacher Diversity Conference in March with inputs from Liz Wright, Andrew Moffatt and Angie Browne.

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Our Collaborations

Congratulations to Temi Akindele Barker and the team at Inclusion Labs who have launched their new website this week. Hannah has joined their Advisory Board to support the launch of their inclusive schools’ programme.

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Project opportunity: Edurio Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Review:

Edurio has launched a new project to help Trusts and schools understand how their staff members perceive the equality, diversity and inclusion in the organisation. All schools and Trusts can participate in the project at no cost and get a personal report of their strengths and improvement areas.

The review has been designed and validated in partnership with Academies Enterprise Trust and Mandy Coalter, the founder of Talent Architects. Edurio will also prepare a national report, supporting the community and policy makers.

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Our Blog

This month we have published blogs by: Audrey Pantelis, Carly Hinds, Char Amaris, Fabia Turner, Nuzhat Uthmani, Paula Tankard, Sara Porter and Terra Glowach.

Please do email us if you would like us to publish you.

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Our Events

Our next event is this Saturday - January 16th 2021. Thank you to Phoenix Education for curating our first youth panel. Check out our fantastic line-up and register to join us.

As before we will be livestreaming the broadcast to Youtube and Twitter simultaneously.

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Our Training

Our next #DiverseGovernance webcast is also this week - Thursday 14th January. We will be exploring inclusive board behaviours. You can register to join us and find previous recordings here.

Register or Watch

The Diversity in Schools masterclasses for Teachers, Leaders and Governors, facilitated by Bennie and Hannah are being delivered again next on February 18th. These sessions will be repeated from the October ones, we will then plan part 2 for each stakeholder group for May half-term.

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Our Partners

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Join the Carnegie Inclusive Allyship Conversation

We are hosting a free online conversation focussed on ‘Inclusive Allyship’ on the 20th January from 7pm – 8.30pm featuring Professor Damien Page, Hannah Wilson, Bennie Kara and Professor Rachel Lofthouse.

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Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality free Seminar Series

"Don’t BAME me! Reframing the Conversation about Race”

20th January 4.15-5.30pm.

Join Rosemary Campbell-Stephens MBE to discuss the deconstruction and reframing of the language that we use to conceptualise and perpetuate anti-black racism. It is critical to not only disrupt deficit racialised narratives, but dismantle and uproot, unethical, immoral and unsustainable structurally racist systems.

Email cred@leedsbeckett.ac.uk to book a free place.
 

January Offer 

LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Education - £200+VAT on offer for DiverseED members (RRP £395+VAT)

Do you want to develop a whole school approach to LGBTQ+ Inclusion? This framework takes a whole school approach to developing a culture of LGBTQ+ inclusion in your school, whatever your starting point, providing a framework to evidence policies and initiatives for both staff and pupils within the wider school community.

What does the LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Education Award Cover? 

The award covers eight key competencies each with a series of statements that schools will work to embed

  • Leadership & Development• Governance
  • Professional Learning & Development
  • Curriculum
  • The Physical Environment
  • The Emotional Environment: Promoting Wellbeing with Parents & Carers
  • Working in Partnership With Students
  • Working in Partnership with Parents, Carers & Community Organisations
Why attain the award 
  • Provides schools with a framework which has given strategic direction for school leaders.  
  • Improves the leadership and management of LGBTQ+ inclusion. 
  • Supports schools to embed LGBTQ+ identities and experiences into the curriculum. 
  • Improves student agency by providing pupils with opportunities to lead on LGBTQ+ inclusion.   
  • Supports schools to work in partnership with parents, external organisations and communities in relation to LGBTQ+ inclusion.
  • Increases staff knowledge on all aspects of LGBTQ+ inclusion.

For more information please email LGBTQnetwork@leedsbeckett.ac.uk 

To sign up to work towards the award please use the following form.

Sign Up
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The continuing global pandemic has meant we have had to adjust almost every aspect of our lives over the last 10 months.  As we enter a new lockdown in the UK and possibly months ahead of ‘normal school life’ being put on hold, we wanted to share how Lyfta can be used as a remote learning tool to help to lift children out of their everyday surroundings.

Ideal for remote or blended learning
The interactive 360° spaces and soundscapes of real homes, workplaces and environments on the Lyfta platform provide an exciting and engaging way for students to experience different perspectives and broaden their horizons even while they are primarily confined to home.

Lyfta’s quest tracker feature guides students step by step through each lesson using tasks and prompts set by the teacher, or pre-built when using an existing lesson plan. This feature allows students to work independently either remotely or in the classroom.
Lyfta screenshot showing a globe and a question box

Students access the interactive spaces via a simple passphrase generated by the teacher, so all they need is an internet-enabled computer, the url and passphrase - no need for student emails or logins.

Read more about remote learning with Lyfta here.
 

Invite students to go on a virtual school trip
Lyfta offers a simple way for students to continue to broaden their horizons, and ensure that they have experience of the wider world while the usual opportunities like visits, trips, outings and holidays are simply not possible.

Right now, you can build and launch a virtual trip using our quest tracker function. You will be able to send your students all the way to an Ethiopian village to visit a family home, the school or assembly hall, go behind the scenes at the Finnish National Opera, hop over to Malte’s garden in Berlin to see how honey is made, join a litter-pick in Cornwall with Rob on the beach, and so much more.

Read more about virtual school trips here.

New Lyfta content

We are delighted to announce the first new content release of the year with 5 fascinating new storyworlds available to all Lyfta users. 

There are five new storyworlds in this release; from Hong Kong, Afghanistan and the USA which explore themes and topics such as fishing and sustainability, the right to protest, oral storytelling, working children, and bread! All content is linked to key skills and values and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Read more about the new Lyfta content here.

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Our Shout Outs

Changemakers Lab 2021 - Applications Now Open
Are you passionate about social justice and consider yourself a potential activist or campaigner? Do you think that the education system needs to change fundamentally? Are you aged between 14-18?

After a successful pilot year, Changemakers Lab is starting weekly campaign training sessions in early February on Monday evenings. These will introduce you to the skills you need to start a successful campaign to transform the education system to better meet your needs and rights, working with other changemakers who are passionate about educational justice and tackling racism, sexism, queerphobia, classism, ableism, climate change and other struggles.

To apply to Changemakers Lab, please fill in this form by 11:59pm on 20th Jan. We will aim to get back to you by Friday 22nd January, and will start sessions on 1st February: https://forms.gle/DuYvHiABwo7HK3iP6 

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Check out this funding opportunity from The Crown UK Fund:

https://spark.adobe.com/page/aUMKpxl91keBA/ 

NEXUS blogs

NEXUS-EDUCATION:

How do you fancy sharing your ideas with over 11,000 educators across the UK

Nexus Education has been giving a platform to hundreds of educators over the past 3 years enabling them to talk about issues close to their heart and raise awareness of any subject from across the education sector.

Alongside that, they have donated over £62,000 to schools via their innovative NeXworking program.

If you'd like to share your thoughts and ideas via the Nexus blogging platform then take a look at: https://www.nexus-education.com/blogging-guidelines/

You can read hundreds of free blogs, ideas, CPD, and resources at www.nexus-education.com/blogs

If you work within a group of schools, a MAT or TSA then claim £1k for your group now by going to www.nexus-education.com/nexworking.

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