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We were delighted to invite colleagues to the Diverse Educators Network Conference to help them to move and shape the school leadership landscape. Together we showed we can make a difference in the outcomes for children and young people and grow and develop more diverse leaders.

The conference was suitable for people from diverse backgrounds at any career stage, or even for those that were just considering a career in teaching.

The reasons to come were:

  • To be inspired and motivated by the highly esteemed speakers
  • To find out the secrets of how to be a remarkable and compelling professional
  • To understand one’s own leadership style so as to lead differently
  • To learn from those who have made it to leadership and find out what you can do

Speakers at the event were:

  • Rosemary CambellStephens, MBE
  • Billal Jamil, Public Speaking Academy
  • Becky Clark, Coach and Facilitator
  • Nikky Norton-Shafau, Poet and Performer
  • Janet Sheriff, Headteacher

Presentations from the event are below:


Annual membership fees are £24 for Individual and £120 for an Organisation.  Click tab for benefits.

Annual membership fee of £24, or pro rata. Benefits of Individual Membership include

Free/subsidised entry to events
Networking opportunities with other professionals from within the education sector
Access to mentoring and coaching from experienced professionals
Free/subsidised access to career development workshops and training programmes
Access to member areas of DEN website and other resources

Annual membership fee of £120, or pro rota. Organisational membership benefits:

Raise the profile of your organisation to potential black employees including managers and leaders
Jobs advertising opportunities on DEN website
Access to training programmes
Access to exhibition stands at DEN events
Subsidised places for your staff to attend DEN events

The Problem

National research tells us that teachers from black and minority ethnic backgrounds lack confidence and self-esteem in applying for promotion. They continue to face challenges and barriers in their profession and feel isolated. This also is experienced by support staff in schools, particularly in seeking promoted posts.

This compounds the problem that representation is very low among senior leaders. Only 1% of headteachers in Yorkshire & Humber are from black and minority backgrounds, nationally the figure is less than 3%. This figure has remained stubbornly static over the last ten years.

Our Solution

Building a membership organisation to help educational professionals working in schools principally from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, which is also open to others irrespective of their race, colour or nationality who share our mission and vision. We recognise the important contributions that governors and support staff make to the school workforce and succession planning. We want to see all those working in education and with schools, for example as support staff, governors and teachers to join DEN so that together we can shift the leadership landscape.

The DEN will help you to ...

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    Value Yourself

    Value your identity, improve your confidence and self-esteem

  • 2

    Share Experiences

    Share experiences to improve outcomes for you as an educator and the life chances of children and young people

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    Recognise your self potential, recognising contribution you can make

  • 4


    Access opportunities, resources and expert knowledge, experience and understanding

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    24/7 Support

    Get 24/7 support, advice and guidance

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    Re-discover the joys of being a teacher