Having attended the ACEN conference in 2021 at Dulwich College, I was very impressed with the information, approach and engagement of the whole ACEN team and their guest speakers. This led to inviting ACEN to Bishop’s Stortford College to speak to all staff about Unconscious Bias and to carry out workshops with teaching staff advising and guiding them on recognising and dealing with microaggressions. The presentation and workshops had a significant impact on the staff. All the speakers had such warmth and were engaging and personable. They made approaching this subject area much easier and created safe spaces so questions could be asked and discussed. There was a genuine buzz amongst staff after the sessions and this continued on into the following terms. Teachers were talking, questioning and actively using the sessions in departments and across year groups. The delivery supported changes across the College community. ACEN helped us grow more confident with our understanding of Diversity and Inclusion, not just staff, but enabling us to cascade this message to pupils, parents and our wider community. This is the start of an exciting journey.
Whole school INSET – Unconscious Bias, Racial Literacy & Microaggressions