This conference will provide delegates with significant insight in to the importance of anti-racism, equality, equity, and opportunity. School leaders will reflect and consider how they are able to take forward an anti-racist message in the schools that they lead and work in.

Who is this training suitable for?

This training will be extremely useful for Catholic Senior Executive Leaders, Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers, as well as Chairs and Vice Chairs of Governors. Given the nature of this training it is strongly recommended that each school has two delegates in attendance.


09:30 Liturgy Fr. Stephen Myers, Episcopal Vicar for Education
09:45 Welcome / Introduction / Context Rob Simpson, Diocesan Director of Education
10:00 Personal testimony & experience of his life & the challenges surrounding racial prejudice & injustice Stephen Akinsanya
11:20 How to decolonise Catholic Education – approached via ‘The Screw Tape Letters’ Professor Robert Beckford
12:30 Lunchbreak
13:15 Equality & diversity within education Angela Ishmael
14:15 Urban Synergy Leila Thomas
15:10 Personal reflection on the day & insights into the work & challenges promoting racial justice Andy Stone, Headteacher of Holy Family Catholic Secondary School, Walthamstow
15:20 Personal reflection on the day & insights into the work & challenges promoting racial justice Angela Moore, Headteacher of St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, Forest Gate
15:30 Final thoughts and blessing to close Bishop Allan Williams, sm, Bishop of Brentwood


The speakers have been carefully chosen in order to provide well informed perspectives that will challenge our
thinking. The session is designed to encourage reflection, understanding and confidence when engaging with antiracism
and related areas. The session will encourage interaction, discussion and the sharing of good practice.
Members of the BDES team will also be in attendance to support the training and to provide a diocesan perspective
where necessary.

How to book

To book your places on this training please complete your application via this link.

Further information

The cost of this training session is subsidised by the diocese. Each school can have two delegates in attendance.

The cost for the first delegate is £25 and the second delegate is free.

All slides referred to in the training will be shared with delegates following the training.

Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Closing date for bookings: 3pm on Thursday 18th November – subject to places still being available.