Raising Aspirations: Black History Month and Beyond



We are particularly aware of our responsibilities as a provider to raise the aspirations of students. We must make sure our programmes make a positive difference and help unlock the potential in all children, not just some. 

In collaboration with TeachFirst, we are pleased to invite you to this panel session during our Black History Month Celebrations.

During this event, we will discuss the challenges we face as educators in raising the aspirations of students from underrepresented backgrounds and explore how we can begin to increase diversity amongst the teaching profession.

We will be joined by the esteemed educator, Dr Nira Chamberlain, President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Meryl Carter (Teach First) and Iram Hussain (AMSP) will chair the event.


  • To raise awareness of, and discuss, the challenges educators face in raising aspirations of students from under-represented backgrounds
  • To explore how we can begin to increase diversity amongst the teaching profession
  • To pledge to raise aspirations in mathematics, particularly for students from under-represented backgrounds

Who will benefit from attending?

Teachers and educators working in all sectors.


Inspired by the quote, "you can't be what you can't see", we take a look at some of the key factors in raising the aspirations of our students, and increasing the diversity of the teaching profession.


  1. Welcome and Introduction
  2. Iram Hussain (AMSP)
    Providing some insight into the current participation, attainment and career progression of BAME students and teachers 
  3. Dr Nira Chamberlain (President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications)
    Share his experiences of becoming a black mathematician, and discuss how we can raise aspirations in the classroom.
  4. Short Q&A
  5. Closing remarks by Teach First and the AMSP.

Other Information

This event was held on Thu 7 Oct 2021, but the recording is available to view.

To view the recorded event, please sign up with a work email address. Details of how to access the recording will then be emailed to you.

Please note that details of your registration will be shared with Teach First.


The event is free but we ask you to commit to being a Diversity Champion and do one action to further raise aspirations and awareness. We will contact you one month after the event about this.

Key Facts

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Curriculum focus:

11-16 maths, A level Mathematics

Event format:

Live Online Professional Development

Event length:

60 minutes




Thu 7th Oct 2021

Course times:

18:00 - 19:00




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If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:

Iram Hussain
[email protected]
07554 417611

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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