The Anti-Racist Education Network

We are a collective of school leaders, teachers, lecturers, researchers, community and parent activists who advocate for education reform.

We believe that with the right tools and passion, every one of us is an Anti-Racist Educator. Our advocacy to reform education aims to provide every child with an enriched learning experience which encompasses the cultural diversity in UK and eradicates systemic racism in our education system.

Meet the collaborators

Shez Chung-Blake (She/her)
Co-Author of the Anti-Racist Setting Framework
Co Founder of TAREN.

A teacher and school leader with over fifteen years experience working in London and international schools. During her career, Shereen has been dedicated to developing strategies and initiatives that engage and empower parents and foster connections with the local school community. In her role as English lead she has developed and implemented and consulted on guided reading programmes that encompassed the importance and joy of reading as a life skill.
Most recently Shereen has worked with PV Poetry Publishing House and UN Women UK to advocate for genre equality and women’s rights.
Currently reading: Power Systems by Noam Chomsky.

Julia Kibela-Purnell (She/her)
Founder and CEO of I Am School of Excellence

After working for 10 years within the media industry from radio, print, music and TV, Julia started her now 10 year career as a Head of Year, Subject and Careers Coordinator.
Her role as a Careers Coordinator at a school in Hackney, resulted in awards won for the school as well as being named a Beacon for Careers provision.
Currently working as a Head of Year and the Head of Media Studies, Julia has implemented and developed Black History programmes as well as advocated change within the pastoral and student experience at the school.

Additionally, she founded the award winning company I Am School of Excellence, a school created to provide children aged 7-12 with authentic African and Caribbean history lessons, dance, drama and yoga as well as live African and Caribbean cooking lessons.

Currently reading: Black British History: Black Influences on British Culture (1948-2016)

Pablo Blackwood
(He/Him)
Consultant and Advisor
Sports Equality Activist

Sarah Carrington (She/her)
Co-Author of the Anti-Racist Setting Framework.
Co Founder of TAREN.

Originally from Toronto, Sarah has began her career in Toronto and continued into moving to London, and has been teaching in London and International schools for over ten years. Currently a Maths Lead, Sarah has lead her school community to engage with a new scheme of learning through CPD, home learning and managing a school app.

In her time teaching, Sarah has focused on student well-being and pastoral care. Pushing for schools to reduce exclusions and adopt an inclusive approach, she trained with Place 2 Be in 2016-2018 to explore childrens’ counselling to further support her senior leadership team with curriculum and behaviour strategies.

Currently reading: Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri

Mimi Arlette Salazar (She/her)
Parent Carer Activist blogger and mental health and domestic violence advocate.

Single parent of three children, community activist and youth work volunteer.

As an advocate for social justice she actively challenged school systems for her own son, and through that own personal experience went onto advocate against the disproportionate impact of behaviour management on marginalised communities. She has also advocated for individual women who have been victims of domestic violence . She previously created a woman group for isolated females within her community in order to empower them and give them a safe space to use their voice 

It is her belief that change can only begin with empowerment through knowledge and that change begins with children! 

Currently Reading: Communion by Bell Hooks

Lou Towner
(She/her)
Contributor to the Anti-Racist Education Setting Framework.

Louise is a former primary teacher who qualified at The Institute of Education in 2004.

With 15 years of teaching experience, she has taught EYFS, key stage 1 and 2 in Greater London state schools. A French graduate, she also enjoyed teaching language in both key stages. Other roles in school included:Assistant Head Teacher (Inclusion), Head of Key Stage, teacher mentor, Coordinator of Equalities, Literacy and Foreign Languages. In her time as Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer, SENCo and Associate School Governor, she played a crucial role in ensuring the safety and well-being of the children in her care. Louise believes strongly that happy, safe, heard and seen children make for inquisitive life-long learners. Her involvement in the day-to-day operations of school life and policy development along with her hands-on teaching and pastoral approach demonstrated this.

A recently qualified Personal Trainer and soon-to-be Mum of 2, Louise left teaching in late 2019 to live abroad with her young family. Louise loves to workout, write, create and experiment with shape, words and colour.

Karen Gregory (She/her)
Contributor to Anti-Racist Setting Framework

Karen has over 15 years experience in private nurseries and primary schools. Currently a Assistant Head for inclusion, with responsibilities for teaching and learning, behaviour , standards and assessments . Also an aspiring children’s author which was born out of the lack of diverse books to refer to while teaching and celebrating the black child as the protagonist.

Over the years Karen has lead on areas such as PSHE, healthy schools, KS1 and EYFS. For the borough she has been a lead teacher for PSHE and a moderator. Currently a Specialist leader for education for EYFS which has taken her locally and nationally to work with schools on improving education. Also lead on implementing behaviour and assessment systems, planning and improving learning environments.

Through her experience she has been apart of in house school training around raising the game, promoting positive diversity , unconscious bias, and equality for all.

Dr Thembi Mutch
(She/her)
Academic, writer, journalist, broadcaster, trainer

Post Doc Research Fellow University of Sussex; Research Associate SOAS