Break the Cycle Conference

How a Racist Education Produces a Racist Culture 

Thank you to our speakers and all participants who made our second Break the Cycle conference online on 18 July 2020 so inspiring. Please save the date for our follow-up conference on Saturday, 7 November 2020 with key speakers Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol and Prof. Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England.

Resources from the July 2020 conference 

Black Lives Matter: Implications for Education, Teacher Training and Recruitment’ Professor Robert Beckford, documentary maker & Scholar at Canterbury Christ Church University

Professor Robert Beckford: Q & A session

My Story: Tessy Ojo, CEO, Diana Award

I Can't Breathe: Lord Michael Hastings, Chancellor of Regent's University London

Let's Take Action: Zoe Thompson and Joshua Oladimeji

What Next? Dwain Brandy, Mandy Coalter and Dr Gabriella Beckles-Raymond 

Times Educational Supplement 'How a Racist Education Produces a Racist Culture' by Steve Chalke


Our objectives 

Break the Cycle is a national grassroots movement committed to promoting Black, Asian and minority ethnic leadership across education and youth work in the UK.The Break the Cycle Manifesto is an action plan for all schools and their communities as we work to challenge and change the cultures that hold back the next generation of BAME leadership.

The current massive under-representation of BAME leaders with Children and Young People – especially at senior levels – fails all our children and teachers as well as our whole society.  This must change in order to:

  • Tackle racism in and beyond our schools
  • Encourage BAME students to aspire to the highest levels of leadership
  • Address the unconscious bias that leadership is white

The Break the Cycle movement is supported by a Manifesto and an Action Plan for local communities. These are designed to help individual schools and our ‘local task groups’ challenge and change the cultures that hold back the next generation of BAME leadership. 

Change is already underway

The Break the Cycle Manifesto produced by the 2019 conference is an action plan for all schools – primary and secondary – committed to challenging and changing the cultures and systems that hold back the next generation of BAME leadership.

Since the first Break the Cycle conference, local groups have been meeting in schools, tackling conscious and unconscious race inequality in school infrastructures and practices - from recruitment to leadership training.  

Within Oasis, progress is being made thanks in part to the impact of Break the Cycle. In the last twelve months, five African, Caribbean and Asian leaders have been appointed to principal, associate principal, and deputy principal positions.  The proportion of BAME participants on Oasis’s annual National Professional Qualification for Headteachers course has increased by thirty-six percentage points. 

Break the Cycle Manifesto 2020

Click below to download the updated Manifesto 

Talent Architects supports Break the Cycle, helping schools become a great place to work and attract the very best teachers, leaders and support staff 



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