A warm welcome to the ASCL Ethnic Diversity Network


The ASCL Ethnic Diversity Network (previously the ASCL BAME Leaders' Network) is just one branch, along with the LGBT+ and Women Leaders' Networks that have emerged a result of ASCL’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

The purpose of the group is to come together to discuss how we can bring about structural changes across the education sector. We want to consider the issues faced by BAME leaders and provide support and solutions. 

We believe coaching and mentoring are highly effective strategies. If you would like to get in touch with any of the leaders who have kindly offered to act as coaches and mentors, please contact them via the email link in their bios detailed below.

The network group is a highly collaborative and supportive group and we would strongly encourage you to join us. 

We were delighted to welcome Nadine Bernard, Headteacher, Van Gogh Primary and CEO, Aspiring Heads to our meeting on 20 October as guest speaker. 

Meeting dates 2021/22

Wednesday 20 October 5-6pm
Wednesday 15 December 5-6pm
Wednesday 2 February 5-6pm
Wednesday 27 April 5-6pm
Wednesday 8 June 5-6pm
Wednesday 20 July 5-6pm

To find out more and to join the ASCL Ethnic Diversity Network, please contact CorporateAdmin@ascl.org.uk

Gurpall Badesha, Deputy Headteacher, Crofton School
ASCL Council South East representative and on the Teaching and Learning Committee

Caroline Lowing, School Improvement Lead, HISP Multi-Academy Trust
ASCL Council South East representative and on the Ethics, Inclusion and Equalities Committee 

Gary Mullings, Headteacher, Vyners School

Download the ASCL Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Plan

Further reading
ASCL Leader magazine

Be Seen, Be Heard by Headteacher, ASCL Council member and founding Chair of ASCL BAME Leaders' Network Evelyn Forde, Issue 115, Autumn Term 1, 2020
On the ASCL blog
A case for leadership diversity by Vivienne Porritt, Co-Founder and Strategic Leader of #WomenEd
School leadership is getting more diverse – but not quickly enough by ASCL Director of Policy Julie McCulloch

Coaching and mentoring

Coaching and mentoring
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Tony Bishop

Executive Principal, Bedford Catholic Schools

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Emmanuel (Manny) Botwe

Headteacher, Tytherington School, Macclesfield

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Luke Burton

Education consultant and former Headteacher

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Evelyn Forde MBE

ASCL Vice President 2021-22, Founding Chair, ASCL BAME Leaders' Network, and Headteacher, Copthall School

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Stephen Gabriel

Headteacher, St Peter's RC High School, Manchester

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