Break The CycleOnline Conference, Sat. 7 Nov. 2020


Conference progamme

“What we cannot imagine, cannot come into being
Eradicating Racism and White Supremacy in Education and Society
Online conference on Saturday, 7 November 2020 from 10am-1pm

‘The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation becomes the philosophy of government in the next.’

That quote, which comes – perhaps surprisingly – from Abraham Lincoln, might sum up the goals of ‘Break The Cycle’ movement. Education – both formal and informal – exists to open doors of opportunity where they have remained firmly shut and even bolted. Rightly understood, its mission is to destroy any barrier that stands in the way of equality and access.

The battle for seats in the boardroom and on leadership teams will first be won in the classroom, as well as in youth and children’s clubs across the country. Join us as we imagine and plan for an inclusive and integrated future for our schools and communities, where every child can flourish. At our third online Break The Cycle conference we will be discussing how to:

  • Recognise and dismantle structural racism and create an anti-racist approach within our schools and in children and youth work settings
  • Create pathways of progression for BAME children and young people beyond education
  • Turn aspiration into availability for BAME students
  • Create leadership structures that are truly inclusive
  • Recruit, support and retain more BAME staff and leaders in order to kick-start the transformation
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Conference speakers

Marvin Rees is the Mayor of Bristol, the first elected mayor of black African heritage in Europe. Marvin was propelled into the forefront of the news globally when, in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the statue of Edward Colston was thrown into Bristol harbour. Since then he has announced a commission into Bristol’s history, to create a wider understanding of the city’s history, including its struggles around class, race and gender.

Professor Kevin Fenton is Public Health Regional Director for London. Growing up in Jamaica, it was whilst doing his medical training at the University of West Indies that Kevin began to contemplate a commitment to public health – a commitment that has since led him into playing a pivotal role in shaping public health in the United Kingdom.

Dr Gabriella Beckles-Raymond is a multidisciplinary philosopher and educator, specialising in intersectional justice such as race, gender, class, sexuality, religion, disabilities, immigration, age and other categories of exclusion. Gabriella works as a consultant as well as teaching at Canterbury Christ College.

Mandy Coalter has recently Founded Talent Architects, having previously served as Director of People at United Learning – one of the largest school groups in the UK – where she was responsible for HR, Talent Management, Leadership Development and Marketing and Communications.

Dwain Brandy is the Equality, Diversity and Behaviour Lead at Oasis Academy MediaCityUK in Salford. He is involved in both the development of local as well as national policy and practice around race equality and diversity in education.