Diversity Police

#bameed

My Journey- 12pm #digimeet‍ for #bameed‍ 

Who are you?

I am Amjad Ali, 32. Male. British, English, Pakistani, Muslim. A son of a father, an economic migrant, who arrived at 12, with 18 on his Birth certificate. With a mother who raised 5 children. I am the First Of my family to go to University, and to be involved in a profession. 

Around 2 years ago, I recorded this 'rap' about me, have a listen! (haha) 

Click HERE.

Where are you now?

I am currently a Free Lance Trainer, Leader, Teacher and SENCO, but I will be joining an amazing team lead by #WomenED champion @misswilsey‍ in Sept. As an AHT for Inclusion & Teaching and Learning. 

I am also the proud Co-Founder of #BAMEed and the @BAMEednetwork. Click here for more details. We have an amazing core group and are organising an unconference on the 3rd of June. 

Where did you come from?

I grew up in Reading, Cemetery Junction. I grew up with my mother and father both telling me to study. But having an illiterate father, and an extremely busy house keeping mother, who would be making crackers for Marks and Spencer's, or packing bags for British Airways in our living room, they couldn't 'help.' They just knew it was important. 

To be honest, I have not really achieved that well, academically, I have not really ever worked that hard either. Until recently. I am beginning to do more, in a better way. 

How did you overcome any obstacles/barriers?

By being relentless, by continuing to challenge the mould. I have been writing about diversity for years, it was only until @allanag13‍ challenged me to be active and do something about it, rather than just moaning. We then, together launched #BAMEed, my obstacles, appear non-existent. I am appear privileged. I speak at events, I have twitter followers, I am in a good position, professionally, but this isn't about me. I believe that our students need to know, see, feel and hear that they can achieve. They will do that if they see us doing the same.

What advice/messages do you have for others in the same position?

Follow #BAMEed, speak up. Get involved. Challenge, quietly, with a clear mind, free from emotion, and if like me you then get dubbed the Diversity Police, wear the badge with pride!

Follow me on Twitter- www.Twitter.com/ASTSupportAali

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Amjad Ali

Amjad Ali

AHT with responsibility for Inclusion. Seeking equity for/from all in/with education.

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Comments

Hannah Wilson Hannah Wilson @misswilsey 2 months ago
Looking forward to having you on the team & tackling BAME representation in Oxfordshire!
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Parm  Plummer Parm Plummer @parmplum 2 months ago
An inspirational story, Amjad, and great to find out about you. By being open and tackling these issues, we maintain our integrity. Good luck in September. Your core values will hold you in good stead.
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Hannah Wilson Hannah Wilson @misswilsey 2 months ago
Ps if you edit hashtag to #bameed it will go in collection & we will trend
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Suzie Happy Suzie Happy @suhappyness 2 months ago
That rap! Hahaha. Thank you for rising to the challenge & co-founding @BAMEed
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Amjad Ali Amjad Ali @astsupportaali 2 months ago
@misswilsey Yes, indeed. Ooops, all changed. @suhappyness yes, the rap, was all fun and games! Nothing serious. @parmplum, many thanks for reading and the best wishes.
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Martha Da Costa-Sherwood Martha Da Costa-Sherwood @dacosmeconsult 2 months ago
Great to learn more about you Amjad. Love your frankness as usual. Looking forward to see how BAMEed progresses and will continue to support from afar
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Anshi Singh Anshi Singh @teachanshi 2 months ago
Very simple and honest write up Amjad!! A summary of YOU!! You are doing good and I am a live example of that :-) Bestest wishes for your future.
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