Aretha Banton is an accomplished senior leader specialising in SEND, Safeguarding and Inclusion. She is currently an Assoc. Vice Principal.
She is proud to have worked in a range of diverse schools and Academies improving outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged students.
Aretha is committed to improving inclusion, equity and diversity in education at all levels, including Leadership. She is a proud advocate for representation in schools.
Outside of her school setting, Aretha delivers keynote lectures and training to other provisions. She has been a school governor of an Independent SEMH provision and has worked with local authorities to drive forward improvements in SEND practice. She is a member of the Chartered College of Teaching.
She is driven by a passion for social mobility and meaningful change.
Youlande Harrowell is an Assistant Headteacher working in an inner London secondary school.
Having worked in several schools, including working for two of the largest multi-academy trusts (MAT), she is acutely aware of the power that diverse representation provides, and how this inspires and emboldens aspiration in young people.
Youlande is experienced in leading successful sixth form provisions, CEIAG, key stage 5 curriculum and pedagogy and developing and implementing contextualised extra-curriculums.
Outside of her school setting, Youlande has undertaken a MA Leadership at UCL (IOE) and has been a guest speaker at various conferences including the WomenEd Unconference. She is a school governor of a primary school and is a member of the Chartered College of Teaching.
Youlande is driven by a commitment to positively impact social mobility by disrupting the education systems status-quo from within. She is a proud champion and advocate for visibly diverse leaderships in education.
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