Registration is now open for the fourth ACEN annual anti-racism conference, the only school-focused anti-racism event designed and delivered by students, teaching staff, and academics.

Date: Friday 11th October 2024
Location: Whitgift School
Times: 09:30 – 16:00 – Staff
15:00 – 20:00 – Students (Y10-13)

Building on the success of our annual events launched in 2021 which were held at Dulwich College, St Paul’s School and City of London School, this year, we will review the complex challenges students face, focusing on how discrimination and social exclusion manifests in schools. We will examine gaps in reporting mechanisms and explore ways to enhance the identification of these issues. Our goal is to equip school staff with effective strategies for both direct and indirect interventions, helping to foster a more inclusive educational environment.

In addition, we will be supporting those tasked with racial inclusion with practical guidance for keeping anti-racism on the map using an intersectional framework, as well as direct advice via a panel of headteachers and school governors. 

Event Address
Whitgift School
Haling Park Road
South Croydon
African Caribbean Education Network - Anti Racism Conference Attendees - Whitgift School

To support this, we are featuring:

  1. A student-led workshop where attendees will work through real-life examples to develop solutions to shared challenges.
  2. A session on gathering and utilising discrimination data within existing safeguarding systems.
  3. A session on intersectionality without sidelining racial inclusion.
  4. A panel of Heads and Governors advising on effective ways to make the case for sustained racial inclusion and top-down support

Our speakers and workshop facilitators include:

  • Keynote: Professor Derron Wallace | Professor of Sociology and author of ‘The Culture Trap’ 
  • Justice Aina | Facilitator, ACEN, and PhD researcher at Durham University
  • Dr Enya Doyle | Inclusion Consultant & Facilitator, ACEN. Former Director of Inclusion at Highgate School 
  • Andrew Isama | Master of Economics & Inclusion Education Officer at Eton College
  • Aisha Sanusi | Director, ACEN, Lead EDI Governor at St Paul’s School, Trustee of Dunraven MAT and Education Advisory Board member at the Black Equity Organisation 
  • Amber Scott | EDI Officer at Norwich School
  • Jordan Sonko-Crawford | Vice Principal, Ark Elvin Academy
  • ACEN Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG) 

As ever, our conference is tailored to EDI leads and those with safeguarding responsibilities, as well as teaching staff with a keen interest and/or EDI responsibilities. 

As before, we will publish a list of schools in attendance on request from our members.

Comprehensive and grammar schools can register at a discounted rate. Please contact amber@aceducationnetwork.com for more information.


Evening Component for Students

Similarly, with students being the focus of the conference, there will be an evening component for them. With workshops on career choices and talks on navigating their way within elite institutions, the aim is for them to reflect on ways to positively utilise their lived experiences as African Caribbean Heritage students, and network with other students that are often underrepresented in these spaces. 

Student tickets will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and we are capping registration at 8 students per school. As before, we are encouraging schools to register students in groups, and where possible, facilitate the attendance of student groups. 

The event is open to students in Year 10-13 and student tickets are £5 each. For students from state schools, these tickets are free.

In addition, we are offering an evening coach service to East Croydon station which serves access to London Victoria and London Bridge stations in 15 minutes, and London Kings Cross in under 25 minutes. These will also be allocated on a first-come first-served basis so we encourage early registration.

Start End Session Details Speakers/Facilitators
09.00 09.30 Registration
09.30 09.40 Welcome School welcome & housekeeping Head of school
09.40 09.50 Open Event format & focus ACEN
09.50 10.25 Keynote The Culture Trap: Understanding the origins of stereotypes within the UK and the impact of bias on self-fulfilling prophecies. Prof Derron Wallace
10.35 12.00 Workshops Understanding how existing safeguarding systems can be used to better capture issues of bias and covert racism in schools. Jordan Sonko Crawford
Understanding student experiences and why they find them hard to report. Aisha Sanusi
Justice Aina
How to ensure intersectionality without sidelining anti-racism. Dr Enya Doyle
Amber Scott
Andrew Isama
12.00 13.00 Lunch
13.05 14.30 Workshops As above
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14.40 15.30 Panel How to gain leadership support when making the case for racial inclusion Chaired by Aisha Sanusi

Panel of Heads & Governors

15.30 16:00 Open Q&A’s & Close All speakers & panelists
Timetable – STUDENTS
Start End Session Details Speakers/Panellists
15.00 15.30 Registration & Refreshments
15:45 16:00 Welcome
16.00 16.25 Activity Personality Tests ACEN
16.25 16.50 Presentation Translating personality traits to future academic and career choices University Representative
16.50 17.10 Break & Refreshments
17:10 17:50 Activity Networking in action N/A
18.00 19.00 Panel Navigating Blackness as part of our success TBC
19:00 19:20 Keynote Beyond education: Building and utilising networks Prof Jason Arday
19.20 19.30 Close
19:30 20:00 Networking & Food