Annual Equity in Education & Society Conference

Annual Conference – 15th and 16th July 2022


London South Bank University, Elephant & Castle. This conference is face to face

All are welcome.


Friday 15th July – 13:00 to 18:00, including networking reception from 17:00.

Saturday 16th July – 9:30 to 16:00, with 10:00 Keynote start.


Anyone interested in ‘equity’ issuesin educational, social and/or work contexts.

Keynote Speakers

Naheeda Maharasingam
Rathfern Primary School 

Dr Anna Carlile
Head of School of Professional Studies,
Goldsmiths University 

Rt Hon The Lord Paul Boateng
Civil liberties lawyer, politician and diplomat.

Annual Conference – 12th to 14th July 2021

The event recordings from all three days are now free to access through a free Eventbrite ticket.

Day 1

12th July: 16.00 to 17.30.

Theme: faith, class and sexuality.

Chair: Dr Deborah Outhwaite – Director, Derby Teaching School Alliance.

Andrew Moffatt, Author and Teacher, Green Meadow Primary School.

Gerry Robinson, Executive Headteacher, Haringey Learning Partnership.

Aleishia Lewis, Deputy Headteacher, St. Mary’s, Prittlewell, C of E Primary School.

Day 2

13th July: 16.00 to 17.30.

Theme: wellbeing, emotional and mental health, and disability.

Chair: Professor Jonathan Glazzard – Head of Department, Edge Hill University.

Dr Suzanne Culshaw, Research Fellow, University of Hertfordshire.

Dr Josie Maitland, Lecturer in Special Education and Disability Studies, University of Chichester.

Donna-Marie Holder, Doctoral Researcher, Brunel University London, and Autism Mom.

Day 3

14th July: 16.00 to 17.30.

Theme: race, gender and identity.

Hosted by Dr Kenisha Linton – University of Greenwich.

Allana Gay, Headteacher, BAMEed co-founder and Trustee.

Dr James Lane, Executive Headteacher, St Francis de Sales Federation.

Dr Roxanne Khan, Director of HARM, University of Central Lancashire.

Each session will be introduced by Professor Paul Miller and include a Q and A with the speakers.


Gerry Robinson is an Executive Headteacher for a network of alternative provision schools and services in inner London. Gerry is an activist who is committed to tackling social injustice through inclusive education. Gerry is a Collective Ed Fellow, member of the LGBTEd Advisory Board and part of the Alternative Provision Research Network Steering Board. Gerry regularly contributes to TES and Schools Week. She also blogs and tweets @gerryrobin5on 

Andrew Moffat is the author of “No Outsiders: Everyone different, everyone equal”. In 2019 Andrew faced protests outside his school because of the inclusion of LGBT+ equality in his work. In the same year he was listed as a top 10 finalist in the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, was awarded “Role model of the year” by Pink News and “Hero of the year” by the European Diversity Awards. @moffat_andrew

Dr Roxanne Khan is an award-winning expert in interpersonal violence. She is Director of HARM: Honour Abuse Research Matrix, an international consortium working collectively to combat ‘honour’ abuse and forced marriage. She has published extensively on domestic abuse and presents her work to national and international audiences.  

Aleishia Lewis is a member of the Board of Education for the Diocese of Chelmsford and has played an active role in the Inclusion and Diversity Network led by the Church of England’s Foundation for Educational Leadership. She is currently working with schools across Essex and with several dioceses on developing EDI within the curriculum and school leadership.   

Dr Josie Maitland is a lecturer at the University of Chichester, where she teaches on the BA (Hons) Education, Special Needs and Disability, BA (Hons) Primary Teaching, PGCert Autism Education, MA Inclusive Special Education, and the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENC). Josie’s research focuses on mental health and wellbeing, equity and inclusion, and change in complex systems.    

Donna-Marie Holder is a first-year Doctoral Researcher at Brunel University London. In 2016, she was awarded a first-class honours BA degree in Education from Brunel University London and completed a MSc degree programme at University College London in 2020. Donna-Marie is also a Special Needs Education Professional and Autism Mom.    

Dr Suzanne Culshaw is a Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire. Her doctoral research explored what it means to be struggling as a teacher. Suzanne has a particular interest in arts-based methods and has used collage extensively. She is blog editor for BELMAS and tweets at @SuzanneCulshaw    

Allana Gay is a teacher, education advisor and speaker. She started teaching and leading within inner city London secondary schools and is currently the Headmistress of Vita et Pax Preparatory School. Allana cofounded BAMEed Network in 2017 with the aim of bringing attention and action to the issue of ethnic diversity throughout the education sector. Allana has sat on Advisory panels as an educational professional who advocates for change within the education sector.     

Dr James Lane is the Executive Headteacher of St Francis de Sales Federation in Tottenham and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary in Hendon. Ofsted have described him as being ‘highly effective’ (July 2009) and his leadership as ‘assured and visionary’ and ‘inspirational’. In addition to his experience as a school leader, he is the programme lead for Future Leaders and has worked in school improvement for the Haringey LA.    

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