Next Break the Cycle Conference 12 March 2022

Our fourth Break The Cycle Conference on 12 March 2022 is entitled “We Shall Overcome” and  was inspired by the song that became the anthem of the Civil Rights campaigners in the 1950s and 60s as they battled against racial inequality. Baroness Valerie Amos will lead our debate on the next steps towards eradicating inequality in and through education. Click here for details and booking.

Break the Cycle is a national grassroots movement, hosted by the Oasis UK charity, aimed at tackling the current massive under-representation of Black and Asian heritage leaders in education by promoting African, Caribbean and Asian leadership across education and youth work in the UK. Below you can find more about the aims and achievements of Break The Cycle as well as video resources from previous conferences.

Our objectives

In 2019 Oasis convened Break the Cycle, a national grassroots movement committed to promoting Black and Global Majority 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 Black and Global Majority leadership.

The numbers speak for themselves

What we cannot imagine cannot come into being, says feminist author bell hooks. Which is why Break The Cycle is working hard to ensure Black and Global Majority students have appropriate role models at school.
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% of BAME pupils in UK schools
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% of BAME teachers in UK schools
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No. of BAME head teachers/principals

Under-representation of Black and Global Majority leaders

The current massive under-representation of Black and Global Majority leaders within children and young people’s work  – 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 Black and Global Majority 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 Black and Global Majority leadership.

Resources from 7 November 2020 conference

TitleDateLink
Key speaker: Marvin Rees Mayor of BristolNovember 10, 2020See video
Key Speaker: Prof. Kevin Fenton, Director of Public Health. LondonNovember 10, 2020See video
Dr Gabriella Beckles-Raymond, strategic consultant, Transforming teacher trainingNovember 10, 2020See video
Mandy Coalter, Recruiting and retaining teachers from BAME backgroundsNovember 10, 2020See video
Dwain Brandy, How to tackle racism in schoolsNovember 10, 2020See video
Question and Answer sessionNovember 10, 2020See video
'Tired' a dance poem by Analeise AugustNovember 7, 2020See video
Dwain Brandy, Plan of Best Practice for schoolsNovember 5, 2020See download
Dwain Brandy's blog 'Leading Equality'November 7, 2020Go to website
Dr Beckles-Raymond, Towards Transformational ITTNovember 5, 2020See download
Joy Madeiros and Dr David Bailey, Change ITT response to Dr Beckles-Raymond's paperNovember 5, 2020See download
Mandy Coalter, Making Schools Great Places to WorkNovember 7, 2020See download
Mandy Coalter, Talent ArchitectsNovember 7, 2020Go to website
Famous ScientistsNovember 7, 2020See Powerpoint
Famous Female ScientistsNovember 7, 2020See Powerpoint
Famous World ScientistsNovember 7, 2020See Powerpoint
Famous BAME ScientistsNovember 7, 2020See Powerpoint
Famous Salford ScientistsNovember 7, 2020See Powerpoint

Resources from 18 July 2020 conference

Use the links below for further information and resources.

TitleDateLink
Break the Cycle ManifestoOctober 26, 2020See download
How to set up a local action planOctober 26, 2020See download
Break The Cycle logo and descriptorOctober 26, 2020See download
Steve Chalke’s article: ‘How a Racist Education Produces a Racist Culture’ in the Times Educational SupplementJuly 18, 2020View the website
Tessy Ojo, CEO Diana Awards, My StoryJuly 18, 2020See video
Dwain Brandy, De-colonising the CurriculumJuly 18, 2020See video
Lord Michael Hastings, I Can't BreatheJuly 18, 2020See video
Prof. Robert Beckford, How a Racist Education Produces a Racist CultureJuly 18, 2020See video

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 Black and Global Majority leadership.

Since the first Break the Cycle conference in 2019, 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 leaders of African, Caribbean and Asian heritage have been appointed to principal, associate principal, and deputy principal positions. The proportion of Black and Global Majority participants on Oasis’s annual National Professional Qualification for Headteachers course has increased by thirty-six percentage points.