Bennie Kara

Bennie Kara is a deputy headteacher in the East Midlands, specialising in curriculum, teaching and learning. She started her career in the inaugural cohort of Teach First in 2003, teaching English in East London. Since then, she has taught in four London boroughs and in South Oxfordshire, before returning to Derby.

Bennie is an award-winning speaker, writer and trainer on diversity in schools and the curriculum. Alongside supporting schools to diversify their curriculum, she is the author of ‘A Little Guide for Teachers: Diversity in Schools’ (Sage Education) and has been featured in educational books on the topic of leadership, diversity and English teaching. She has written on the subject of diversity for publications such as Schools Week and the Chartered College of Teaching’s Education Exchange and has featured as a keynote speaker for @DiverseEd2020 and the Team English National Conference. Bennie is also on the executive team of @SLTchat.

Bennie is the cofounder of Diverse Educators and a professional associate at Leeds Beckett University.

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Emma Swift

Emma Swift is a trust wide subject lead for a multi academy trust, specialising in science and ITT. She started her career in the East Midlands in 2002, before moving to London holding a variety of roles in senior leadership, before returning to Derby.

Emma leads two National Maths and Physics SCITT Hubs and is the subject lead for Physics on for National Institute of Teaching and Education at the University of Coventry. She speaks at a number of different events about science, curriculum and diversity, alongside supporting schools to raise outcomes and build capacity through staff development and curriculum design. Emma was awarded The Lloyds Register Educational Trust award for the UK’s best STEM teacher in 2012.

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