What we cannot imagine cannot come into being
Thank you everyone who joined us for the third Break The Cycle conference, ‘Eradicating racism and white supremacy in education and society’. You can find videos of the key speakers, Marvin Rees, the Mayor of Bristol and Professor Kevin Fenton, Public Health Regional Director for London as well as useful resources below.
Marvin Rees is the Mayor of Bristol, the first elected mayor of black African heritage in Europe. He was propelled into the global news when, in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the statue of Edward Colston was thrown into Bristol harbour.
Prof. Fenton is Public Health Regional Director for London. Whilst training in medicine at the University of West Indies, Kevin began to contemplate a commitment to public health – one which has led to him playing a pivotal role in shaping public health in the United Kingdom.
|Key speaker: Marvin Rees Mayor of Bristol||November 10, 2020||See video|
|Key Speaker: Prof. Kevin Fenton, Director of Public Health. London||November 10, 2020||See video|
|Dr Gabriella Beckles-Raymond, strategic consultant, Transforming teacher training||November 10, 2020||See video|
|Mandy Coalter, Recruiting and retaining teachers from BAME backgrounds||November 10, 2020||See video|
|Dwain Brandy, How to tackle racism in schools||November 10, 2020||See video|
|Question and Answer session||November 10, 2020||See video|
|'Tired' a dance poem by Analeise August||November 7, 2020||See video|
|Dwain Brandy, Plan of Best Practice for schools||November 5, 2020||See download|
|Dwain Brandy's blog 'Leading Equality'||November 7, 2020||Go to website|
|Dr Beckles-Raymond, Towards Transformational ITT||November 5, 2020||See download|
|Joy Madeiros and Dr David Bailey, Change ITT response to Dr Beckles-Raymond's paper||November 5, 2020||See download|
|Mandy Coalter, Making Schools Great Places to Work||November 7, 2020||See download|
|Mandy Coalter, Talent Architects||November 7, 2020||Go to website|
|Famous Scientists||November 7, 2020||See Powerpoint|
|Famous Female Scientists||November 7, 2020||See Powerpoint|
|Famous World Scientists||November 7, 2020||See Powerpoint|
|Famous BAME Scientists||November 7, 2020||See Powerpoint|
|Famous Salford Scientists||November 7, 2020||See Powerpoint|
Use the links below for further information and resources.
|Break the Cycle Manifesto||October 26, 2020||See download|
|How to set up a local action plan||October 26, 2020||See download|
|Break The Cycle logo and descriptor||October 26, 2020||See download|
|Steve Chalke’s article: ‘How a Racist Education Produces a Racist Culture’ in the Times Educational Supplement||July 18, 2020||View the website|
|Tessy Ojo, CEO Diana Awards, My Story||July 18, 2020||See video|
|Dwain Brandy, De-colonising the Curriculum||July 18, 2020||See video|
|Lord Michael Hastings, I Can't Breathe||July 18, 2020||See video|
|Prof. Robert Beckford, How a Racist Education Produces a Racist Culture||July 18, 2020||See video|
Dr Gabriella Beckles-Raymond – Gabriella works as a strategic consultant, is the co-founder of the Black Thought Collective and co-convenor of the African Diaspora post-graduate network at Birkbeck University.
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.
In 2019 Oasis convened Break the Cycle, 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 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 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.
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 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 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.