Meet the team

Frances Akinde

Frances Akinde

SEND headteacher with over 20 years of experience across special, alternative provision, mainstream primary, secondary, FE and local authority.

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Amjad Ali

Educational consultant (Try this Teaching) and Assistant Headteacher at a start-up secondary school. Amjad has extensive experience in ensuring all staff can confidently provide effective teaching & learning to all groups of students.

Priya Bhagrath

Priya Bhagrath

Head of school with extensive experience in special education and around implementing anti-racism principles into schools at a strategic level.

Our mission and vision

BAMEedSEND was formed to address both the issues we see in education around the intersectionality between race and special needs and to highlight the under-representation of educators from marginalised communities in special education. 
A 2019 report from the University of Oxford highlighted that ethnic minority children are not equally identified with special needs.
‘Children of ethnic minority groups are over-represented for some types of needs and underrepresented for other types, compared to white British pupils’ (Professor Steve Strand, Department of Education, University of Oxford, 2019)
 Our aims are:
1. To raise awareness around the needs of BAME pupils with special educational needs/ disabilities
2. Offer support to specialist BAME educators who are working to support our pupils to thrive

3. To work together with our allies to eradicate racism in education.

We bring together UKME SEND specialists educators, their colleagues and allies, to network and collaborate so that we can elevate underrepresented voices, enhance learning opportunities, support each other and our students to reach their full potential.

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