For ten years Diane has been holding conferences around Black education. These conferences aim to bring together parents, children, teachers and community educators to talk about raising standards.
2014 Birmingham Conference - London Schools and the Black Child: New Conversations
This event was hosted by the Center for Research on Race in Education in the University of Birmingham. The conference focused on a range of issues including exclusions, managed moves and pupil referral units; developing young leaders; challenges in further and higher education; policy changes implications for black students and educators; ground breaking examples of preventative work and black girls, identity and culture.
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2013- London Schools and the Black Child: Black children and education - After Gove, what next?
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2009 - London Schools and the Black Child VI: Educational Opportunity For All, Without Exclusion
In 2009 the Conference aim was to focus purely on the issue of school exclusions. Recent research had suggested that Black pupils (particularly boys) were still about 3 times more likely to be excluded than their White counterparts. Speakers at the conference included creator and star of "Little Miss Jocelyn" Jocelyn Jee Esien, comedian Steven K Amos, newly elected London Mayor Boris Johnson, Education Minister Baroness Morgan, Chief Executive of Lambeth Council Derrick Anderson, Educational Consultant Rosemary Campbell-Stephens and academic Heidi Mirza. Themes explored at the workshops included: Equipping young people for the future, tackling exclusion, involving communities in educating young people, engaging with young people, continuing education for excluded pupils and helping parents to help teachers.
2007 - London Schools and the Black Child V: Recognising Achievements, Creating Futures
The 2007 conference saw the launch of the Mayor of London's Black Teachers Network. The focus was on the benefits young people can bring to London as a city. Speakers included Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, Minister for Schools and Learners Lord Andrew Adonis, Educational Consultant Rosemary Campbell, BBC TV presenter and broadcaster Mica Paris and actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah. Workshop themes included: the National Strategies initiative, raising the aspirations of young Black boys, listening to young people, the London Youth Offer, developing teachers' expertise on race equality, protecting our children and supporting Black fathers.
2006 - London Schools and the Black Child IV: Empowering our Children for Success
The 2006 conference saw the launch of the Mayor of London's report into Black teachers in London. Speakers at the conference included: Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, Winner of the BBC's "Apprentice" Tim Campbell, London Schools Minister Lord Andrew Adonis and BBC Radio presenter Trevor Nelson. Issues discussed in the workshops included: the Reach initiative, maximising potential and achieving success, successful outcomes fro African heritage pupils, mentoring and life skills, young Londoners and challenging perceptions at school.
2004 - London Schools and the Black Child Conference III: Reaching for the Stars
Yet another successful conference took place in 2004. Speakers included BBC television presenter and sports star Garth Crooks, actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah, international guest speaker Dr Stan Mims, Chair of the Black Policeman's Association Leroy Logan and Education Minister Stephen Twigg MP. Discussions in the workshops included: Supporting Black teachers, the Department for Education and Skills report "Aiming High", helping your child achieve, and international solutions. At the 2004 Conference the first ever London Schools and the Black Child Academic Achievement Awards was also held.
2003 - London Schools and the Black Child Conference II: The Search for Solutions
Once again there was an enthusiastic turnout for the conference. Speakers included Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, Education Minister Stephen Twigg MP, actress and comedian Gina Yashere and international key note speaker Dr Walter Massey, the President of Morehouse College Atlanta. Themes at the workshops included: Supporting your child in school, pupil exclusions, Black governors, Black teachers, supplementary schools and good parenting.
2002 - London Schools and the Black Child Conference: Towards a Vision of Excellence
On Saturday 16th March 2002 over 2,000 Black parents, students, teachers, community organisers, school governors, local government workers and academics came together for the first ever London-wide London Schools and the Black Child conference. Speakers included the newly elected Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, Education Minister Baroness Catherine Ashton, Director of Education in the Seventh Day Adventist Church Keith Davidson, writer and performer Angie le Mac, Educational Consultant Rosemary Campbell and the then Chair of the London Assembly Trevor Phillips. Subjects covered by the workshops included: Achieving excellence in education, Black governors, Black teachers, how the school system is failing Black boys and the supplementary school movement.
2000 - Hackney Schools and the Black Child Conference III
A year later the third Hackney conference took place. Speakers at the conference included MP for Tottenham David Lammy, Dr Maud Blair of the Open University, Gillian Bowen of the African-Caribbean Home/School Mediation Service and head of Ethnic Minority Achievement Service in Hackney Education Authority Peter Nathan. As a result of parents' concerns from the first two conferences, it was decided there should be a focus on school exclusions in the third conference. As such the workshops at this conference all centred on school exclusions and how parents, children and teachers can work together to avoid exclusions.
1999 - Hackney Schools and the Black Child Conference II
Because of the enthusiastic response to the first Hackney event, Diane held a second conference in 1999. This was a two day conference. Speakers included Britain's first Black headteacher, Beryl Gilroy, presenter and writer Darcus Howe, Head of African Studies at the University of East London Kimani Nehusi and Mandla Mbandaka of the Alkebu-Lan Family Association. Issues discussed in the workshops included: African identities, supporting your child at school, numeracy and literacy, and setting up a black PTA.
1999 - Hackney Schools and the Black Child Conference
This was the first ever London Schools and the Black Child event. Speakers included Professor Gus John, Director of Education at Lewisham, Althea Efunshile, Director of Education at Hackney, Elizabeth Reid, Hackney community activist Trevor Carter and Headteacher of Phoenix High School William Atkinson. Delegates at the conference also took part in a number of workshops discussing: Exclusions, home/school partnerships, the expereince of being mixed-race, and being a governor. The response to this conference was overwhelming. Diane had planned for 200 attendees but on the day over 450 people attended from as far away as Manchester.