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Our Highlights

Summit Learning Trust - Anti-Discrimination and Diversity Conference

On April 1st we organised a trust-wide conference for 900 staff. With 2 keynotes and 10 workshops to choose from, the participant feedback has been overwhelmingly positive about the dedication of a whole day to create time and space for reflections and discussions on a range of themes. If you would like help organising an INSET day or curating a MAT conference please do get in touch.   

#DiverseEd Virtual - Early Career Teachers

On April 10th we hosted our 4th virtual event exploring the theme of visibility, with a focus on supporting those who are training or who have been recently trained to teach and their mentors, tutors and course leaders. With 5 panels and 25 speakers it was great to hear from some new voices from our community. We were also delighted to work with Phoenix Education to curate a panel for youth activists.

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Our News

Our 100 contributors to our book have all submitted their first draft of their submission to their chapter editors for feedback. It is exciting to see Diverse Educators: The Manifesto coming together. Thank you to everyone involved in this project on their hard work to date.

Our Developments

We are adding a new section to our website to signpost individuals and organisations who look at diversity, equity and inclusion through an intersectional lens. If you have any resources you would like us to signpost please do get in touch.

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Our Blog

This month we have published blogs by the following members of our community: 

Annemarie WilliamsChinwe NjokuDominic JudgeDonna BurkertFrederick NaftelGeorge HaywardHannah CottonJackie HillKaren DempsterLiz Robson-KellyMaternity CPDMatthew SavageRachel ClarkeRaisa ShaikhRosie PetersSharon MacArthurTre Ventour and Zahara Chowdhury.

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

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Our Resources

Flexible Working Toolkit: Ahead of the announcement of the 8 regional Flexible Working hubs funded by the DfE to pilot support for schools in making flexible working opportunities a recruitment as well as a retention tool in our schools, we have collated some resources for you.

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Inclusive Allyship Toolkit: Check out the resources we have collated and let us know if there other supporting materials to signpost to our community.

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Our Collaborations

We are working with a number of our partners in the summer term to host some events and training for our growing community. 

Facing History and Ourselves: We are hosting a free webinar together about social justice on July 8th. 

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Hurst College: We are hosting the first in a series of Conversations With… together with guest Jude Guitamacchi on May 19th.

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Oxfordshire Teaching School Alliance: We are hosting our next DEI webinar for NQTs on June 10th.

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RWBA Empowering Youth: We are hosting a free schools’ showcase on May 25th with keynotes from Nathalie Richards and Dwain Brandy, and a range of schools sharing the progress and the impact of their DEI strategy.

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Think Equal: We are hosting a free webinar together on the teaching of empathy through social emotional learning on May 20th.

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Whole Education: We are hosting our next DEI webinar on May 4th with Andrew Moffat to find out more about the No Outsiders campaign.

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Worth-It: We are supporting the Student Wellbeing Ambassadors programme and are collaborating on two free webinars on April 27th for schools to find out more about this opportunity.

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Our Events

We have 2 more conferences this academic year, come and join us?

#DiverseEd Virtual V: Our final event of the year is on June 12th.

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DEI Leaders Conference: Our inaugural conference for DEI leaders in schools will be held on June 30th.

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Our Training

DEI Leaders Network: We have launched a half-termly opportunity to come together to peer support and to share best practice.

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DEI Leaders Programme: We have new cohorts launching in July and September.

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Our Partners

The ‘World’s first app for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion’ - GEC APP - is available to schools, Trusts, local authorities and organisations. For early years to post16, it is only £150 registration fee for the annual membership. To find out more, visit our Education Members Area.

We are delighted to offer 50% off for #DiverseEducator grassroots organisations and charities until the end of May 2021 to help get you out of lockdown and get your GEC on! 

You can visit our website The Global Equality Collective (GEC) or jump in here to see how much it will cost (and cheaper than you think!)!

#DiverseDays NATIONAL COMPETITION: In partnership with our Collective members, Dual Frequency, the DiverseDays competition is now open for young people to design DEI awareness days. Closes May 28th 2021.

BOYS RETREAT: #BoysWillBeBoys #LiteracyGap #ToxicMasculinity We are reviewing how we teach boys with a series of exciting CPD opportunities. Pop over to @GECFutures or our website to find out more.
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Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality: Are you a Diverse and Inclusion Lead in a school? Are you developing an anti-racism approach in your school? If so, join our mailing list for a new national and international project launching soon. E: cred@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Anti-Racist School Award: The professional development framework supports schools who are committed to developing a culture of anti-racism through its unique format of coaching, training and community For further information, please email cred@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Free Seminar: Join us on the 21st April from 1-2.15pm for our latest Seminar ‘Race, Religion and Education’ with Dr Karamat Iqbal, Director of Forward Partnership. Email: Cred@leedsbeckett.ac.uk for booking details.

Social Media: Please follow us @ResearchCRED, @AntiRacistSch and @LGBTQ_Centre for more information about future activity. 

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Working with Youth Sports Trust: We were delighted to have the opportunity to work with Youth Sport Trust recently. PE inclusion leads were invited to explore Lyfta’s interactive and immersive human storyworlds and use them as a tool to support young people with special needs to engage with physical activity offline. You can read more here.

New Lyfta storyworld release: A new storyworld has been added to the growing collection of immersive learning resources on Lyfta. Students are invited to explore the Amazonian rainforest in Peru and meet some of the indigenous people of the Matsigenka tribe who live there. See how they harvest food sustainably from the forest with great care and sensitivity, to maintain the rainforest’s rich biodiversity. This storyworld joins several others focused on the theme of biodiversity - you can read more about them here.

Free training and access to Lyfta’s immersive human stories: We have places available on our global learning webinars for teachers in April and May as part of the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms Through Global Learning Programme. Course participants will receive free training and access to Lyfta’s learning platform and resources for 3 months. You can find out more and sign up here.

Our Shout Outs

Action Tutoring: Action Tutoring is a medium-sized charity providing English and Maths tutoring to disadvantaged primary (Y5-6) and secondary (Y10-11) pupils, with tutoring sessions delivered by volunteers. We want to make our tutoring materials more diverse and representative of our pupils. We’d love to hear from other similar organisations who have done this and/or people with expertise in this area. Please email CJ.

Big Leadership Adventure: Are you passionate about the need for a holistic education for young people? Applications are open for the Big Leadership Adventure, a two year leadership programme, run by Big Education, that explicitly develops passionate change-makers in the mindsets, toolkits and confidence required to re-think and reshape education. Visit https://bigeducation.org/bla/ for more information. Window one applications close at midnight on 3 May.

Halcyon London International School is seeking new Trustees: Halcyon London International School is an innovative, not-for-profit secondary school in central London that was established in 2013 with a focus on redefining what education should offer today’s students. Halcyon is guided by the belief that an exceptional education will draw out and nourish the unique potential of each student. Halcyon believes that to thrive in our ever-changing world, students need to be equipped with a broad skill set that transcends traditional academic teaching. We use an evidence-based approach to support learning and the overarching development of all of our students so that they are best prepared to become lifelong learners and to navigate in our diverse world with purpose, compassion and confidence. Halcyon seeks new Board members with expertise in one or more of these areas:  

  • development/fundraising 
  • marketing/PR 
  • digital (in the field of education helpful)
  • and education/academia  

We view the enlargement of our Board as an opportunity to seek out individuals with specific skills who can enhance our Board’s capabilities and further diversify us as a group to better position the school for our next phase of growth and expansion.

Inclusion Labs: Inclusion Labs is launching an initiative focused on representative literature in schools and we are looking for school librarians who would be interested in joining a focus group, to better understand your current concerns and support needs, and to ensure that our schools programme (and initiative) embeds this.  If you are a school librarian, or can connect us to one, please get in touch. Furthermore, if you are a teacher and would be interested in joining one of our focus groups around embedding DEI in schools, please get in touch, providing your area of expertise, and stipulating whether you are in the state or independent sector, primary or secondary.  We are particularly keen to hear from Heads of PSHE and DEI leads. contactus@inclusionlabs.co.uk.

Inclusive Google Trainer Community: Google is looking for a group of tech-loving, diverse educators in the UK and Ireland to become Google for Education Certified Trainers. Share this incredible opportunity. bit.ly/InclusiveEduTrainer 

In My Blood It Runs: Together Films are making this groundbreaking film free to schools throughout the summer term. In the UK, the teaching of Black and colonial histories is entirely optional. Many of us are seeking our own ways to diversify and decolonise our curriculums, and engage our students with these issues.  In My Blood It Runs is an intimate and compassionate documentary from the perspective of 10 year-old Dujuan, an Aboriginal boy in Alice Springs, Australia, as he navigates balancing his Arrernte/Garrwa history, culture and identity with a state education. The trailer is available here. The film is a fantastic resource for teachers to explore the complex themes of education, child rights, juvenile justice, and the lasting impact of our colonial history. In My Blood It Runs is offering all UK teachers a FREE educational license of the film (usually £50 per year) along with lesson plans and additional resources including a pre-recorded Q&A with the filmmakers for the 2021 summer term. To access the film and resources for free for your school, go to bit.ly/imbir-edu-uk, and enter the promo code IMBIREDU at checkout. More information about the campaign can be found here.

Innovation for Learning is seeking a new Trustee with a primary background: Innovations for Learning is an educational charity with a vision of a world in which all children, regardless of background, are confidently reading to learn, grow and thrive throughout life. Through our flagship, online reading support programme, TutorMate, we innovatively combine corporate volunteering, expert staff and technology to enable the meaningful human interaction that improves reading outcomes for young children. We currently have a trustee vacancy for a primary educator and very much want to recruit a trustee from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background. We believe that a diverse trustee board leads an organisation that is more innovative, more creative and gets better results. The specific skills that we are seeking are: 

  • Education, especially early primary

  • Senior leader teaching experience in a primary setting, ideally as English/literacy lead for KS1

  • Understanding of the strategies used to strengthen early literacy instruction, including reading for pleasure and phonics

  • Willingness to be the ‘education expert’ on the Board

  • Ability to advise IFL on how to position our offer to schools

  • Willingness to help IFL identify communities, schools and leaders who could benefit from our programmes

  • Understanding of how MATs or local authority school improvement teams approach relationships with external providers, to allow us to diversify our partnerships 

To learn more about the role read our information pack here and to express your interest, please email emma@innovationsforlearning.org

Just Like Us: Just Like Us are launching their School Diversity Week resources and toolkit on Monday 19th April. To access the toolkit, school staff just need to go to www.justlikeus.org and sign up to access the following:

  • A toolkit of resources with lessons and activities for every subject from the Early Years Foundation Stage to key stage 4
  • Masterclasses led by LGBT+ people at the top of their field
  • Guidance, tips and templates about how to celebrate the week successfully
  • Bulletins packed with inspiration, positivity and celebrations from up and down the UK

Lelmeducation: Join Norena Shepland and Laila El-Metoui for this interactive workshop supporting the researching and recording of LGBT+ historical records, focusing on language as a starting point. Book Now.

LGBTQ+ Good Causes Now Have the Rainbow Lottery: LGBTQ+ good causes are being encouraged to sign up to benefit from Britain’s new RAINBOW LOTTERY, launching today. A whopping 50p from every £1 ticket will go exclusively to LGBTQ+ good causes, who will have their own page on the Rainbow Lottery website. Players of the lottery can choose which good cause to support and have a 50-to-one chance of winning one of the prizes, including a £25,000 jackpot. The lottery was officially launched today at a Virtual Launch Event to good causes, as well as through ads in Attitude magazine and on GAYDIO. Good causes who want to benefit can register now at www.rainbowlottery.co.uk  The website is also where their supporters can buy tickets after the public launch 22nd April. Tom Gattos, Founder of Rainbow Central CIC, who operate The Rainbow Lottery said: "This is a really important day for the community. It is the first UK lottery where all LGBTQ+ good causes can now receive funds that will make a big difference to their vital work. This lottery finally puts us on a level playing field with the others, which is in fact, all the LGBTQ+ community has ever asked of the world.” Lottery management company, Gatherwell, has been appointed to run the scheme, having launched many other successful lotteries and are this year’s “Lottery Operator of the Year” voted by the Lottery Council. Ben Speare, Gatherwell's managing director, said: "We are delighted that Gatherwell has been awarded the opportunity to run the new RAINBOW LOTTERY. We're looking forward to helping support LGBTQ+ good causes in partnership with RAINBOW CENTRAL CIC.”

NASBTT Associate Consultants: Are you an experienced CPD facilitator with demonstrable expertise in a National Curriculum subject? Do you understand the issues facing the ITT sector? Are you comfortable working with people in leadership roles? We are seeking passionate and experienced subject experts to join our charity as Associate Consultants.  We are looking specifically for people that have demonstrable subject expertise in a National curriculum subject (in the Primary and/or Secondary Phase) and two years’ minimum experience in teacher development and CPD.  An excellent working knowledge of the ITT sector, including the expectations of the ITT Core Content Framework and the new Ofsted Inspection Framework for ITE (September 2020 onwards) is essential. The purpose of the Associate Consultant’s role is to support the delivery of high-quality services with a particular focus on integrating excellent subject knowledge across programmes of ITT.  Associate Consultants will work alongside our core team, ensuring they feel connected to the work of the organisation. We anticipate the role will require between one and five days per half-term commitment, dependent on a range of factors. Interested? Please send your CV along with a covering letter, letting us know why you are interested in this role, to ehollis@nasbtt.org.uk. Please include Associate Consultant and your name in the subject header and we will be in touch to discuss. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so we advise submitting as soon as possible.

Representation Matters: Aisha Thomas and the team have been working with BBC Teach on creating inclusive allyship resources for your students. Find out more here.

SecEd Podcast Invitation: SecEd have an established podcast and are looking for new guests to interview for the show. They are seeking primary teachers/ leaders to be interviewed about the themes of:  Staff Wellbeing, Curriculum Design, Pupil Premium, SEN, CPD, School Improvement, Self-evaluation, Leadership/Governance and EYFS. They are seeking secondary teachers/  leaders for the themes of: Feedback & Assessment in the classroom, School improvement and Curriculum Design. Contact Pete Henshaw the Editor if you would like to get involved: pete.henshaw@markallengroup.com 

The Difference: The Difference is seeking an exceptional school leader to deliver on the Difference Leaders Programme by leading, training, and mentoring our school leaders in alternative provision schools. We are creating a generation of inclusive leaders ready to return to mainstream, to improve practice and systems to support the most vulnerable children. We are looking for a school leader who shares our values and mission, brings a track-record of school improvement with complex learners, and adds to our team their own unique experience and expertise. For more details, see www.the-difference.com/vacancies  or arrange a call with will@the-difference.com  Closing date Thursday 29th April.
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