We are running a course that will explore what unconscious bias is, how it can affect our decision-making and what practical steps we can take to mitigate for bias in our schools. Having recently attended such a training event I can highly recommend this kind of training as a key way of ensuring equality is at the centre of all you do as a school leader.
Unconscious (or implicit) biases are learned stereotypes that are automatic, unintentional, deeply engrained, universal, and able to influence behaviour. Unconscious bias training courses are designed to expose people to their unconscious biases, provide tools to adjust automatic patterns of thinking, and ultimately eliminate discriminatory behaviours. The reality is that all of us can harbour unconscious biases that can all too easily cause discrimination and inequality.
Before the session you will need to complete the Implicit Association Test online. You should visit the link below, follow the instructions on the screen and pick one test to complete. You should be prepared to bring your thoughts about the outcome of your test to the session as there will be the opportunity for discussion. It takes around 20 minutes to complete and is completely free. https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html
The course will run on 18th June 2019 at the Forest Hill Methodist Church and Centre, Normanton Street, Lewisham, London, SE23 2DS. The course will start at 9am and end at approx 3pm. Lunch will be provided.
This course is free to maintained schools and their governors as part of the CPD offer back from Lewisham Learning. Where academies have purchased the CPD package this course is covered by this but if not then there will be a charge of £30 per attendee.
This course is aimed at senior leaders and governors who have not attended such training before.