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Wellbeing of ethnic minority teachers, a roundtable discussion with Education Support

The Chartered College of Teaching and Education Support are delighted to announce a roundtable discussion with Professor Dame Alison Peacock, Sinéad Mc Brearty, Youlande Harrowell, Shonagh Reid, Nick Bailey and Rhia Gibbs .

Join us to hear from Education Support about their latest research into the wellbeing of ethnic minority teachers.

We will be joined by the charity’s CEO, Sinéad Mc Brearty, who will talk about how schools can create more inclusive cultures that benefit everyone’s wellbeing.  We will also hear directly from our panellists Youlande, Shonagh, Nick and Rhia who will share their own experiences and perspectives.

Education Support is the UK’s only charity focused on the mental health and wellbeing of teachers and all education staff.

Participants will have an opportunity to participate in a live discussion.

Our presenters

Professor Dame Alison Peacock DBE DL DLitt, Chief Executive Officer, Chartered College of Teaching – Professor Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching, a Professional Body that seeks to raise teacher status through celebrating, supporting and connecting teachers to provide expert teaching and leadership. Prior to joining the Chartered College, Dame Alison was Executive Headteacher of The Wroxham School in Hertfordshire. Her career to date has spanned Primary, Secondary and advisory roles. She is an Honorary Fellow of Queens College Cambridge and UCL, a Visiting Professor of both the University of Hertfordshire and Glyndŵr University and a trustee for Big Change. Her research is published in a series of books about Learning without Limits offering an alternative approach to inclusive school improvement.

Sinéad Mc Brearty is CEO at Education Support, the mental health and wellbeing charity for the education workforce across the UK. She advocates for a systemic approach to wellbeing for the education workforce, attending to the individual, the workplace and the wider policy environment.

Sinéad began her career at KPMG before moving to leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector. She has worked as an organisational development consultant and a lecturer and has been a trustee at a number of charities including Kaleidoscope Trust and Groundswell. She is currently a governor of a south London primary school.

Youlande Harrowell MCCT is senior leader specialising in secondary curriculums and post 16 education. She is a proud champion and advocate for visibly diverse leaderships in education and is a Trustee for Outward Bounds Trust.

Shonagh Reid is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant working primarily in the fields of education at the arts. Shonagh has an extensive background in leadership in education, specialising in Performing Arts and Pastoral Senior Leadership and has worked as a DEI Leader in the East Midlands, UK for six years. She is currently working with The National Theatre, London and many education organisations across the UK, supporting with strategic inclusion planning, creation of and embedding of robust and effective DEI networks, mentoring, and training.

Nick Bailey is a middle leader leading Business and Economics, with wider responsibilities for online learning. He has a real passion for developing employability skills, and has been involved in broadening curricula to suit all learners. 

Rhia Gibbs is a management consultant working in the change and transformation space. She is a former Teacher of Sociology and Criminology at a school in London and Head of Year 12 . She has a background in Youth Work and has a great deal of experience working with children. 

Black Teachers Connect was established in 2018 as a result of Rhia’s experience when applying to train to teach. When she was writing her application for her PGCE, she wanted to seek advice from other Black educators on their experiences in the classroom and of working in the education system. Unfortunately, she couldn’t find a network directly for this. Rhia created Black Teachers Connect so nobody else would have the same experience as her. The aim of Black Teachers Connect is to bring together Black Teachers in the UK and Worldwide by providing them with network opportunities, advice, and support. It is widely known that some Black educators have experienced racism and discrimination at work with 53% of BME educators not seeing themselves in the profession in the next five years.

Using her lived experience and experience as a practitioner combined with her research into Black teacher recruitment and retention, she uses Black Teachers Connect to help build a community for Black Teachers in the UK and beyond. This is done through providing support and CPD through various avenues.

Rhia is an educational consultant and works alongside school teachers and leaders to help them navigate issues around racism, bias and microaggressions and how to create truly diverse spaces where everyone can thrive. Rhia is also an avid writer, having written for Foundation Stage Forum, Diverse Educators and Schools Week just to name a few. She continues to use her voice as a platform for Black teachers and staff, advocating for them in the schools and elsewhere.

Learn more about the Chartered College of Teaching

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