National STAND UP Schools' Human Rights Conference 2021

TUESDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 2021: 9.30am – 3pm

Streaming LIVE to secondary schools & sixth forms across the UK, join students & schools across the country to explore racial inequality, learn from those affected by it & take action to build a fairer future.

  • Unboxing Racial Bias & Disparity
  • Celebrating Identity & Inclusivity
  • Challenging Inequality & Alienation

The events of 2020 and the global prominence of the Black Lives Matter movement have brought racial inequality to the centre stage. Now is an unprecedented time to address this issue in our schools and equip our students to challenge injustice and champion the human rights of all.

    By taking part in the conference, students will:
  1. Gain AWARENESS of the lived experience of racism in the UK and  examine its impact on people, culture & society
  2. UNDERSTAND how identity is shaped and assess the role of bias in dealing with difference
  3. Be EMPOWERED to challenge racism and take action to promote inclusivity



1.THE IN-PERSON EXPERIENCE: Lytchett Minster School, Poole, DORSET, BH16 6JD

    • Experience every session live and in person
    • Bring up to10 students & 2 staff per school
    • Meet with students from other schools
    • Participate, question, discuss and plan
    • Experience the excitement of being there LIVE!
    • Teacher and student goody bags and resources for follow up
    • Online access to recordings of all sessions for use in future lessons & assemblies for a full year
    • FREE GC Index profiles for your SLT or headteacher!

In-Person Conference: just £120 per school (includes Virtual Experience remote access for unlimited students – see below).  BOOK EARLY TO SECURE YOUR SEATS!


    • Unlimited student and staff access
    • Tune in from anywhere for part or all of the day
    • Watch sessions LIVE or delayed to fit with your timetable
    • Tune in from multiple classrooms and venues
    • Online access to recordings of sessions for use in future lessons & assemblies for a full year
    • Access to online follow up materials
    • FREE GC Index profiles for your SLT or headteacher!

Virtual Conference: just £60 per school.  REGISTER TODAY!

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Sessions confirmed so far. Look out for more speakers and sessions to come!



  • My story: Living as a Person of Colour in the UK
  • Being the Only Black Girl
  • How School Feels for students of colour in the UK
  • How White Privilege Continues to Skew Society



  • Understanding Racism: Historically and Today
  • A Biased Curriculum and How we Might Go About Changing it
  • Identifying Unconscious Racial Bias
  • A Human Rights Based Approach to Education



  • Making Human Rights a Reality
  • Using the Arts to Effect Change
  • How to Challenge Systemic Racism in Your Context
  • How to Grow a Movement for Change
  • Restorative Justice

Speakers & Contributors

Lee Lawrence is the author of “The Louder I Will Sing”, an inspirational speaker, influencer, social change advocate, a qualified mediator and Restorative Justice facilitator. Lee Lawrence was 11 years old when he witnessed the shooting of his mother Cherry Groce by police, sparking the 1985 Brixton uprising.

Linett Kamala is an artist, educator and carnivalist. As one of the original cohort members of Future Leaders, Linett has trained, mentored and coached hundreds of school leaders across the U.K. Linett is Founding Director of Lin Kam Art, President of the University of the Arts London Alumni of Colour Association and Board Director for the Notting Hill Carnival.

Aisha Jawando: Human. A created creative within the arts. Actor, singer, dancer, currently starring as Tina Turner in Tina,The Tina Turner Musical in London’s West End. Aisha has been in the industry for 10 years and starred in shows such as The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, Fela!, Beautiful and many more.

Peter Radford is a speaker, teacher and writer with 25 years experience in education. Peter is founder of offering training and workshops to schools on leadership, PSHE, political engagement and human rights education. Peter has led two schools to achieve the Unicef Rights Respecting School Award and is an Amnesty school speaker. 

Mukhtar Ahmad is a surgeon, clinical leader, patient safety advocate and medical educator. Born and raised in Nigeria, he relocated to the UK 18 years ago for postgraduate surgical training and has experienced the challenges and opportunities of ‘being away from home’. He is part of the BAME network at University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust.

Nylah Abitimo-Jones is 8 years old. In 2020 Nylah performed her poem ‘Black’ in front of over 5000 people at a Black Lives Matter protest in Cheltenham. Inspired by rapper Dave’s song ‘Black’, Nylah finished off her performance by asking that we ‘learn Black History in schools’ and added that ‘Africa is not a country!’ Nylah’s performance has been watched across the world by millions, reposted Missy Elliott and many others. She was a guest on BBC’s ‘The Sista Collective’ podcast, and Blue Peter.

Neil Payne was raised as a Third Culture Kid in the Middle East and now runs Commisceo Global Consultancy Ltd. designing training solutions for some of the world’s biggest brands. A specialist in areas such as Cultural Competence and Unconscious Bias, he also focuses on Islamophobia and anti-racism.

Sophie Kabangu is an activist and a student at University of Essex. She was named one of The Big Issue UK’s Change Makers of 2021 and featured in The Guardian for her work organising the Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

Fatima Dambatta is 15 years old. In 2020 she participated in Black Lives Matter protests. She gave a speech to her school on ‘Coming to terms with being black’. She is passionate about social issues.

Tom Wilson is a retired Head Teacher & educational consultant who worked around the UK as well as Kathmandu, Jakarta, Moscow, The Gambia, Jordan and Spain. Passionate about Human Rights, Tom has seen first hand the suffering caused when these are denied. His experience allows him to speak with compassion & understanding about the plight of people everywhere.

Joy Johnson is a Biomedical scientist within the health care sector. A lady with a passion for the development of children and young adults both spiritually and mentally. She helped develop the BAME Network  during her time at University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust, working alongside other amazing colleagues and remains an advocate for racial equality. 

Book NOW to reserve your seats or register your school.

Please indicate below whether you are booking for the IN-PERSON conference or registering for the VIRTUAL conference. On receipt you will be sent an invoice for the appropriate amount. Please note: if you require a purchase order number to be quoted on the invoice please indicate below. 

NOTE: Booking for the IN-PERSON conference INCLUDES full access and registration for the VIRTUAL conference.

Invoices are payable within 28 days or 7 days prior to the conference, whichever is sooner. Upon receipt of payment you will receive confirmation of your booking and initial details in order to aid planning.

Full details of the event including timings, logistics and sign-in details for online access will be sent out TWO WEEKS prior to the conference.

COVID-19 safety measures & guarantee: Please be assured that the event will be held in full compliance with government recommended safety measures for schools in place at the time of the conference September 2021 including as required handwashing, social distancing, wearing of masks and accommodation of school ‘bubbles’. We will send our full risk assessment prior to the event.  NOTE: if the developing situation with Covid-19 at the time of the conference makes it unsafe to run, then the conference may be postponed or run as a virtual-only conference. In-person booking fees will be refunded. 

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