2024 JUNIOR SCHOOL CONFERENCE

Francis Holland School Sloane Square, St Mary’s Church, 30 Bourne St, London, SW1W 8JJ
Thursday 27th June 2024
9am – 4pm

Following on from the success of our inaugural 2023 Junior School conference held in Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park, we are pleased to announce this year’s event ‘Racial Inclusion for Primary Years: Exploring Best Practice from Stakeholder Perspectives’,

The event will explore strategies for racial inclusion from the perspectives of varying stakeholders, namely racially minoritised students, non-minoritised students, parents, and teachers.

The conference aims to:

  • Establish a foundational understanding and framework for implementing racially inclusive curriculum practices in primary years.
  • Centre the voices of racially minoritised students in understanding the impact of racial inclusion within the curriculum and beyond.
  • Explore diverse perspectives, sharing successful approaches in which the whole school community can be included in EDI initiatives

Schools will be introduced to the forward-thinking work ACEN has identified undertaken by:

  • Dulwich College (Independent School)
  • Bird in Bush Primary School (State School)
  • Northwood College for Girls GDST (Independent School)

Members of the ACEN Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG) alongside a diverse group of minoritised students from a number of schools, alongside Black parents will feature on two separate panels. There will also be a session featuring the voices of non-racially minoritised students sharing the impact that racial inclusion work has had on their education.

In addition, the ACEN team will host a session helping attendees to formulate actionable strategies within their settings.

As such, the content will be tailored to Heads, SLT, and school staff tasked with leading on EDI, Safeguarding, and PSHE curriculum.

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

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact info info@aceducationnetwork.com

Event address:
Francis Holland Sloane Square
St Mary’s Church
30 Bourne St
London
SW1W 8JJ

Timetable

Start End Format Session Presenters
9.30 9.35 Welcome Welcome address Alexandra Haydon – Head, Francis Holland School Sloane Square
9.35 9.45 Talk Whole-school approach: Understanding the needs of school communities Dr Shola Apena Rogers – Director, ACEN
9:45 10.45 Panel discussion Black students manifesto: Hearing their voices Justice Aina – Facilitator, ACEN & 

ACEN Young People’s Advisory Group

10:45 11:15 Presentation EDI Ambassadors: Listening to marginalised voices and fostering peer allyship Miki Devitt – Deputy Head (Academic) & 

Ronke Olusanya – Learning Support Coordinator, Dulwich College 

11:15 11:45 Break
11:45 12:00 Presentation Understanding the value of racial literacy in primary years Aisha Sanusi – Director & 

Justice Aina – Facilitator – ACEN 

12:00 12:20 Presentation Racial literacy in action: Northwood College for Girls Ashmi Morjaria – Junior School Deputy Head (Academic), Northwood College for Girls (GDST)
12:20 12:40 Presentation Racial literacy in action: Bird in Bush Primary School Loria Lossa-Grant –  Deputy Headteacher (Inclusion), Bird in Bush Primary School
12:40 13:30 Plenary session and Q&A’s Awareness to implementation All racial literacy presenters
13:30 14:30 Lunch
14:35 15:35 Panel discussion Black parent perspective: Centering our children’s identity and self-worth  Convened by Dr Shola Apena Rogers – Director, ACEN
15:35 15:55 Closing keynote Embracing EDI leadership in primary years Dr Enya Doyle – Consultant, ACEN
15:55 16:00 Closing address A Governor’s reflections Dr Frances Baawuah – Governor, Francis Holland

Timetable subject to minor revisions