ASCL EDI Summit 2024

Birmingham Conference and Events Centre 

Connecting diversity and inclusion

Having a diverse school does not always mean that everyone feels included.   

The ASCL Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Summit 2024 will explore ways to ensure that everyone in your organisation is made to feel included and have a deep sense of belonging.  You will hear from a fantastic line-up of speakers whose work is rooted in research and evidence.    

In addition, you will be able to attend a number of workshops which will give you practical advice, guidance and the tools you need to deliver on this important work in your school, college or trust.
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Evelyn Forde MBE

ASCL Immediate Past President 2023-24

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Rachel Johnson


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Adam Brett

Lecturer and Researcher in Education, University of Derby

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Caroline Sharp

Research Director, National Foundation for Educational Research

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Jack Worth

School Workforce Lead – NFER

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Frances Akinde

SEND advisor and former headteacher

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John Camp OBE

ASCL President 2023-24 and CEO, The Compass Partnership of Schools

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Rachel Macfarlane

Lead Adviser for Underserved Learners at HFL Education

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Caroline Lowing

Head of School, Thornden School and ASCL Council member

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Sonia Thompson

Headteacher, St Matthew’s Primary Research School

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Hamira Shah

Deputy Headteacher, North Huddersfield Trust School

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Discounted fee for members of any of ASCL’s EDI Networks* - £180+VAT

*please mention this at time of booking


ASCL reserves the right to amend the programme should circumstances dictate.

8.30am     Registration, exhibition and refreshments
9.30am     Welcome
Evelyn Forde MBE, ASCL Past President
9.40am     Achieving Racial Diversity in the Teaching Profession: Barriers and potential solutions
Caroline Sharp, Research Director, NFER
Jack Worth, School Workforce LEad, NFER
10.10am     Why We Get Stuck: The issues hiding in plain sight
Rachel Johnson, CEO, PiXL
10.35am     Being an LGBT+ Inclusive Leader
Adam Brett, Lecturer and Researcher in Education, Unversity of Derby
11.00am     Refreshment break and exhibition
11.25am     Workshop Session 1
Each workshop is 30 minutes, delegates can attend two sessions
11.55am     Movement time
12.00pm     Workshop Session 2
Repeat of Session 1
12.30pm     Lunch and exhibition
1.15pm     Workshop Session 3
Each workshop is 30 minutes, delegates can attend two sessions
1.45pm     Movement time
1.50pm     Workshop Session 4
Repeat of Session 3
2.20pm     Taking Practical Steps Towards Becoming An Anti-Racist School 
Rachel Macfarlane, Lead Adviser for Underserved Learners, HfL Education
3.00pm     Refreshment break and exhibition
3.20pm     Delegation Feedback: What have we learned and what can ASCL do moving forward? 
Facilitated by John Camp OBE, ASCL President
3.45pm     Keynote
Evelyn Forde MBE, ASCL Past President
John Camp OBE, ASCL President
4.05pm     Conference close

Suitable for all senior and aspiring leaders working in schools, colleges and trusts across all phases.

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