Mon,7 Mar 2022

What is the ‘Black Paradox’?

• Introduce the concept of the ‘Black Paradox’ and its impact on society

• Illustrate how the ‘Black Paradox’ plays out across sectors and nations

• Showcase challenges to the ‘Black Paradox’ by nations, regions, sectors, organisations and individuals

• Challenge *Black people and their role in maintaining systemic racism

• Include break-out opportunities for participants to contribute to and influence the debate

• Demonstrate the imperative for collective responsibility and joined-up action to challenge the ‘Black Paradox’

• Identify Key Actions for implementation

Target Audience

All levels of the F/HE system, schools, voluntary, public and private sector and will be of special interest to decision-makers, thought leaders and all who have an interest in creating and sustaining an Anti-racist society.

The Programme

9.45 Conference Lobby
10.00 Welcome BFELG
10.05 Opening Message
10.10 BFELG Signature Presentation: Challenging the Black Paradox Amarjit Basi; Robin Landman OBE
10.30 Panel Discussion (to include questions from chat to the Minister) Compère: Stella Ngozi Mbubaegbu CBE
  • Rosemary Campbell-Stephens MBE, International Leadership Consultant
  • Kirstie Donnelly MBE, Chief Executive, City and Guilds
  • Vaughan Gething MS, Minister of Economy, Wales
  • Robin Ghurbhurun, Managing Director, FE and Skills and HE/FE Member Support and Training, Jisc
  • Kevin Davis, CEO, The Vine Trust Group
  • Alastair Delaney, Deputy Chief Executive, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
11.20 Break Move to Break out rooms for Roundtables
11.30 Roundtables/Breakout session –Topic:
Collaborative Leadership for Change. Parallel sessions. Up to 35 per group. Google Jamboards will be used to gather feedback
Led by Roundtable Chairs who will give a 5-7 minute mini-presentation then facilitate the topic.
Roundtable Chairs
1 Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB): A membership driven collaborative approach to drive forward change Candace Miller, Managing Director SFJ Awards and NED, FAB
2 CollegesWales’ role in a national Anti-racism plan for Wales Guy Lacey, Board Chair, CollegesWales
3 Media for positive change Gavin O’Meara, CEO and Head of Digital, FE News
4 Collaboration with Personal Purpose; Joint Commitment Matt Atkinson, FE Associates and Hilary Clifford, AoC Services
5 BLG HE Diagnostic Toolkit (HEART) Prof David Mba, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of the Arts, London
6 ETF/BFELG Symposium Report; a demonstration of cross-sector thought leadership on Anti-racism David Russell, CEO ETF
7 Influencing collaborative leadership for Anti-racism and why this is important Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary, NASUWT
8 Colleges West Midlands’ role in driving Anti-racism in the region Lowell Williams, CEO, Colleges West Midlands
9 Inclusive Colleges – The Story Behind the Data Louise Warde Hunter, Principal and CEO; Gillian Magee, Director of People and Place, Belfast Met
10 Black governor appointments great. So, what next? Drew Richardson-Walsh, Director, Education Practice, Peridot Partners; Sardip Kaur Sandhu, Vice Chair, West Nottinghamshire College
11 Community and Collaboration in support of *Black Apprentices Emily Austin, Chief Executive, Association of Apprentices
12 Black Headteachers and collaborative leadership for impact Patrick Cozier, Headteacher, Highgate Wood School, Haringey
12.15 Plenary
Roundtable Chairs to feedback ONE point only (Google Jamboards will be used to capture all contributions)
12.45 – 13.15 Lunch and Networking
Showcase Presentations:
13.15 Our Anti-racism journey so far Anthony Bravo, Principal and CEO and David Moir, Deputy Principal, Basingstoke College of Technology
13.30 Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow Cath Witherington CEO, Voluntary Action Doncaster
13.45 BFELG/Ofsted Shadowing Scheme Julie Ashton, Ofsted Senior HMI; Gloria Dolan, Retired Ofsted Managing Inspector; Stella Mbubaegbu, BFELG
14.00 Taking action on Race Equality Lorna Rogers, Assistant Director-Mayoral Programme Delivery and Elaine Bowker, Principal and CEO, The City of Liverpool College
14.15 Cultural Inclusivity: Challenging the assumptions: Kathryn Robson, CEO, Adult Learning Wales
14.30 Scotland collaborations Audrey Cumberford OBE FRSE, Principal and CEO, Edinburgh College and Jim Metcalfe, CEO CDN
14.45 Q & A Compère
15.15 Provocation: Global Majority Keynote Presentation Rosemary Campbell-Stephens MBE
16.00 Conference Close Stella Ngozi Mbubaegbu CBE BFELG
16.00 – 16.15 Launch of the BLG. This short event will celebrate the achievements of the Black FE Leadership Group (BFELG and launch the Black Leadership Group (BLG)