Culturally Responsive Communities

Practical ideas from diverse experts to develop enriching and inclusive practices in education settings.

Overview

We all have culture and all culture is worthy of celebration. As educators, how are we culturally responsive to our students? How do we ensure we give voice to all cultures represented in our shared spaces.

This event will explore the link between culture and identity in schools and communities. It will focus on how exposure to and engagement with local, national and international culture has the potential to enrich students’ learning and improve their life chances.

This event will challenge, inform and inspire delegates with knowledge and ideas from a range of powerful voices in our community which can be used back in the classroom and beyond to promote quality teaching and a rich and inclusive curriculum.

The evening event will offer an opportunity to network and will include speakers and performances and a chance to be creative.

Recordings

  • Aini Butt  – Breaking Generational Curses Through Development of Emotional Intelligence.
  • Arundhati Ghosal – What does it mean to be a Hindu in Bucks?: A personal account of being a parent, teacher and senior leader from a Hindu background.
  • Dr Carol Rogers and Jason Doe: Bucks New University – Who are Gypsies, Roma, and Travellers? Understanding and supporting children in the classroom.
  • Charlotte Ryland – Spotlight on Diaspora Languages: Polish-Urdu-Romanian-Ukrainian.
  • Emily Ashton  – There’s no morality in a Malteaser.
  • Imrana Mahmood – Pause for Thought: Creative Engagement and Storytelling.
  • Inna Stokratna – Education in times of War: what do lives of Ukrainian students look like in May 2022?
  • Jo Barber – The Importance of the Arts in Developing Critical Consciousness and Racial Literacy.
  • Kwakz – "A relatable role model."
  • Lisa Stephenson  – Story making as a pedagogy of belonging.
  • Lucy Rycroft-Smith  –  The Equal Classroom: LGBTQ+ identities and schools.
  • Rabbi Neil Janes  – What's 0.3% of 100,000? One Rabbi, 270 schools and 0.3% of the population.
  • Nicole Rodden  – How pupil voice can influence a positive school culture.
  • Sabrina Reid  – Welcome to the World Reimagined.
  • Sanum Khan  – Belonging & Success: a focus on changing the narrative for Pakistani boys in secondary education.
  • Sarah Johnson  – How can schools support children that are displaced by war and conflict?
  • Shelina Permalloo  – Learning from a Food Entrepreneur, winner of MasterChef and restaurant owner.

Non-Recorded Sessions

  • Anjum Peerbacos – ‘I’m not biased… am I? This session was pre-recorded and was only available to watch during the day of the event.
  • Hayley Walton – This session has been cancelled, a recording of the session will be added – “How will we be together?” – Unconscious bias and the impact of racial trauma on young people.
  • Sheldon Chadwick  – Mental health, education and prevention within the Showmen Community.
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Dear friends and colleagues,

We are delighted to be able to inform you that our Festival of the Arts is now officially going ahead.

An international, online festival of education to promote the power of the Arts to inspire, unite, cheer, challenge and heal.

At Aspire Alternative Provision, we are passionate about the power of all Arts subjects, including music, drama, design, textiles, literature, technology, dance, fashion, ceramics etc. (we know the list is endless!) to transform people’s lives. We believe the Arts can help heal divides, promote diversity, boost mental health, and provide a multitude of benefits for learning and life.

The day will include hundreds of presentations, written submissions and visual submissions to inspire and transform those in schools and beyond. This event is being led by Aspire Alternative Provision in Buckinghamshire, UK, and sponsored generously by the Rothschild Foundation. All contributions will be hosted at www.connectingbuckschools.co.uk and many presentations will be recorded and kept for future reference.

This event is open to ALL those passionate about the power of the Arts to transform learners’ lives, in schools, homes, further education and beyond.

We are keen to involve as wide and diverse a group as possible so please do share with colleagues and friends across the world.

Kind regards,

Dr Emma Kell

(Teaching School Lead, Aspire)

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This site is for all staff working in collaboration with Buckinghamshire schools – and beyond. A hub of resources, ideas and discussions for and by members of our school communities, it has been developed to create a sense of connection during these exceptional times but should evolve into a central platform for ongoing collaboration in our research and practice.

We have developed the site in consultation with educators across Buckinghamshire. This site is constantly evolving: please contact us with requests and suggestions for further content.

Culturally Responsive Communities

An event for educators that was held on 6th July 2022.

This event explored the link between culture and identity in schools and communities. It focused on how exposure to and engagement with local, national and international culture has the potential to enrich students’ learning and improve their life chances.

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Where We Are

This is the biggest global crisis that any of us will ever know. The ramifications are huge and are likely to have a significant and lasting impact on our collective mental health.  All of the rules have changed; the routines and sense of daily ‘busy-ness’ that we have taken for granted have changed beyond recognition. The situation is changing daily and the vast majority of the changes are outside our control; decisions are being made for us, frequently with little time to act upon the implications. There are no certainties about when – or if – our ‘normality’ will be restored. This take a lot of digesting! The reality is that members of our community will get ill and members of our community will be touched by bereavement.

Individuals are likely to be experience some or all of the following: a sense of guilt or uselessness; frustration and anger; grief and acute concern for those who are more vulnerable, both amongst our loved-ones and within our learning communities.

Key Principles

Wellbeing and professional development are inextricably linked. Wellbeing is closely linked to professional integrity and self-efficacy – if we can take opportunities, where realistic, to build and develop our skills, to think and reflect on young people and how they learn, we have the potential to come out of this challenge stronger than ever. Many of our team members will have valuable skills and ideas they wish to share and contribute, from exercise videos to new skills to daily reflections

Wellbeing

Self-care has never been so important. We have quality-assured and curated some resources for you to pick from which colleagues have found useful.

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CPD

As the period of isolation goes on, many of us will wish to take opportunities to build our skills and subject knowledge. We have carefully selected a range of external online courses, resources and ideas for you to select from.

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Teaching and Learning

We have collected resources which educators and parents have found useful to support their children remotely, at home and on the front line.

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