Recordings from Break the Cycle 2022

Title Date Link
Session 3 Getting Practical (part 1): Lessons Learned video
Session 3 Decolonising the curriculum, Dwain Brandy slides
Session 5 Q & A with Dwain Brandy, Joe Broadfield and Saqib Chaudhri video
Session 7 Lord Michael Hastings closing thoughts video
Session 3 part 2 Teacher training and retention video
Session 3 Decolonising the curriculum - Dwain Brandy slides
Session 6 Identity and Integration: Interview with Josephine Okokon video

The title of our fourth Break The Cycle conference is inspired by the song “We Shall Overcome” which was the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, offering solidarity and hope to anti-racism campaigners as they battled against racial injustice.

Sixty years on that struggle continues. How do we take the next steps towards genuine racial equality, particularly in the field of education?

Our fourth conference entitled “We Shall Overcome” explored the following issues:

  • De-colonising the school curriculum
  • Recruiting an ethnically diverse staff team
  • Creating safe employment structures
  • Developing multicultural school leadership
  • Embedding an anti-racist organisational culture
  • Becoming a Break the Cycle champion

Keynote speakers:

  • Baroness Valerie Amos, Master of University College, Oxford. (pictured right) Valerie is the first female Master of University College, Oxford, and the first black head of any Oxford college. She is a Labour Party politician and diplomat who served as the eighth UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. She was British High Commissioner to Australia in 2009.
  • Lord Michael Hastings, Chair of SOAS, University of London. Michael began his career as a teacher, worked across government on policies to build racial equality and served for nine years with the Commission for Racial Equality.

Other speakers include:

  • Dwain Brandy, Joe Broadfield, and Saqib Chaudhri – Oasis Academy staff involved in decolonising the curriculum.
  • Joy Madeiros and Rev Steve Chalke, Oasis Founders.


Conference Programme

Introduction and welcome: Steve Chalke

Session 1: ‘We Shall Overcome: how do we move forward from here?’ Keynote speaker – Baroness Valerie Amos

Session 2: Q & A with Baroness Valerie Amos Hosted by Steve Chalke

Session 3: Getting practical (part 1): Lessons Learned Hosted by Steve Chalke

  • De-colonising the curriculum – Dwain Brandy
  • Listening Spaces – Joe Broadfield
  • Recruitment and employment – Saqib Chaudhri

Getting practical (part 2): Where are we going? 

  •  David Bailey and Paul Tarry explain what progress Oasis is making in teacher training and retention

Session 5: Q & A with panel Hosted by Steve Chalke with Dwain Brandy, Joe Broadfield and Saqib Chaudhri

Session 6: Identity and Integration
Video interview with Josephine Okokon (St Martin-in-the-Fields High School for Girls) and Joy Madeiros (Oasis)

Session 7: The work has started, but we’ve not yet overcome  Keynote speaker – Lord Michael Hastings

Thanks and close of conference Steve Chalke