BAMEed is a movement initiated in response to the continual call for intersectionality and diversity in the education sector. All members are volunteers and have committed their time and efforts into creating a tangible support network to equip teachers and leaders with the tools to progress into and through the workforce.
BAMEed connects, enables and showcases the talent of diverse educators so they may inspire future generations and open up the possibilities within education careers.
We currently comprise of:
The Steering group (see below) are working on the platform for our common purpose. They map out our mission, manage opportunities for collaboration with other organisations and ensure that the network acts on feedback for development.
Amjad Ali senior leader and trainer. He has worked with all sectors from trainee teachers to Head Teachers providing training on Teaching and Learning and Inclusion.
He is ambitious and committed to making a difference to the education system by inspiring changes. He teaches, tweets and tweaks his practice to help others improve theirs, which in turn helps him and his students too. For Amjad, education is about ensuring wherever you come from, whatever your parents do or not do, does not impact on the potential of success. Whatever success means to a young person it should be found and celebrated.
Amjad has previous co-organised the country’s largest TeachMeets, whilst also presenting keynotes, offering workshops and inspirational addresses at others. Amjad has also been involved in setting up initiatives such as #TwitterCoachingED which has helped hundreds of colleagues online, and #CultureBoxED to help address the imbalance of diversity across the country.
Penny Rabiger was a teacher for over a decade and later became one of the founder members of the team that set up The Key, the leading information and guidance service for School Leaders and School Governors, where she was Research Team Leader and later became Director of Business Development. She has worked with a number of small social enterprises in the education sector and is currently Head of Membership at Challenge Partners, an education charity which enables collaboration between schools to enhance the life chances of all children, especially the most disadvantaged. Penny is a long-serving school governor and is passionate about issues around social mobility, education and equality of opportunity. She blogs at tenpencemore.wordpress.com.
Allana Gay is Deputy Headteacher at Lea Valley Primary School in the heart of Tottenham. Her experience as an educator and school leader arches over secondary and primary schools all of whom have been in challenging or deprived circumstances. Allana shares her leadership experiences across the sectors to encourage primary and secondary schools to work in true partnership. Allana seeks to change the outward face of education by ensuring equality for all within the education sector. She is a London regional leader for the established WomenEd network which supports women in education towards senior posts. Allana co-founded BAMEed Network to encourage more BAME educators into the profession and to ensure they are supported to progress within their careers.
Matt Young is a School Governor, currently chair at a Primary Special School on the south coast.
He has always had an interest in education and both his sister and brother in law are teachers. However it was when he joined his local school governing body, because he wanted to give something back to his community that his passion for education truly developed. This has
Matt believes that education is so important for young people and that everyone deserves an opportunity to become the best they can be and that teachers really do have the ability to change the lives of their students. Also the development of people is key to being a successful school and that everyone should be given the opportunity to develop their full potential in their own time. He co-founded @HealthyToolkit to promote wellbeing for within schools and is also a fervent supporter of WomenEd.
Abdul Chohan is an award-winning Learning Technology consultant based in the UK. Previous roles include being Chemistry teacher, Senior leader, Principal and CEO of a Multi Academy Trust.
Abdul is the co-founder of The Olive Tree Primary School in Bolton. An outstanding school set in a community with a high deprivation index.
Working with international educational organisations as well as devising learning strategies based on mobile technology platforms, Abdul has pioneered the embedded use of learning technologies for students and teachers alike. His programmes focus on ‘Simplicity and Reliability’, and have extended beyond the traditional school environment to impact families and the the wider communities that the schools serve.
Over the past 14 years, Abdul has led, developed and successfully implemented the digital learning strategy at the Essa Academy in Bolton, UK. The school is situated in a challenging, low socio-economic location.
In an international context, Abdul has engaged with a number of Ministries of Education including India, Australia, Singapore and Iceland in a range of activities including workshops and thought leadership conversations. Abdul currently supports schools in Denmark, Sweden and India with the development of a clear mobile based learning strategy that is focused on learning outcomes.
Core groups for Coaching, Network and Teacher recruitment who are developing resources to advise and support members. This group will also drive our regional offers to support members.
We are building a sustainable network. It is a process that will allow us to grow and expand into communities across the UK.
We are fully inclusive. Our Steering and Core groups comprise of the diversity and equity we wish to see across education in the UK.
Keep abreast of our work and check for updates on our developmental projects.
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