Diversity and Inclusion: The Brenda Eastwood Award

Sponsored by Hays Education, the Brenda Eastwood Award is for good practice in teaching for diversity and inclusion.

Diversity and Inclusion: The Brenda Eastwood Award 

Sponsored by Hays Recruitment, the Brenda Eastwood Award is for good practice in teaching for diversity and inclusion.  

The UKLA is proud to be at the forefront of diversity and inclusion in practice. The winners of the Diversity and Inclusion: The Brenda Eastwood Award are announced at the UKLA’s International Conference.  

The Diversity and Inclusion: The Brenda Eastwood Award is intended to be given annually to a member of UKLA who is either a school, Early Years practitioner, teacher, HE Tutor or librarian, to recognise good practice in empowering children to respect and appreciate diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, LGBTQ+, socioeconomic status, national origin or age.

About Brenda Eastwood

UKLA created the Diversity and Inclusion: The Brenda Eastwood Award in memory of our much loved friend and colleague who managed our office for many years. Brenda was patient, welcoming, generous, and she was someone who honoured and celebrated diversity. At that time, UKLA was and continues to be keen on expanding the Association’s reach to teachers who might not feel they are part of the UKLA ‘family’. This inspired the Association’s diversity and inclusion initiative.

After the loss of UKLA’s wonderful colleague, it was particularly relevant to name this award after Brenda as her own life had been devoted to working for inclusion both in the UK and around the world.

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Past Winners 

2021/22: Joint winners  

Aishah Rauf Teacher of English at Windsor High School, Halesowen, was recognised for her knowledge and passion of her subject specialism and the challenge to navigate the curriculum to make it relevant for the students in her care and the wider learning community.

Ian Cushing (PhD) Senior Lecturer in English and Education, Edge Hill University was recognised for his work in spoken, written and standard English.

Their work in Diversity and Inclusion is local, national and international.


Dr Su Li Chong, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Management and Humanities, Institute of Self Sustainable Building, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), Malaysia and Head of UTP’s University Social Responsibility (Education Pillar)

Highly Commended

Altmore Infant School in the London Borough of Newham for their Reading Café to promote reading at home and at school.


The award had its first joint winners: Farrah Serroukh, Regional Learning Programme Leader, Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) Southwark, and Dr Sabine Little, Lecturer in Education studies (Language Education) and Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, The University of Sheffield. Both winners had completed research which highlighted the enrichment of diversity to be reflected in literature for children and their families.

Another first was a certificate of commendation for a lifetime’s work in inclusion and diversity awarded to Dr. Christine Callender, Associate Professor and Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, UCL Institute of Education Learning and Leadership, London.


In its first year, awards were presented to: Rowena Seabrook – Amnesty UK and the Head teacher and Deputy Head teacher of Hillmead Primary, Lambeth for their respective work to enhance learning and teaching for young people locally, nationally and internationally.

The Panel of Judges is awaiting your nominations for 2023.

Please note that applicants need to be members of the association.

Deadline for submissions is 10th May 2024

Panel Chair: Janet Douglas Gardner, London Metropolitan University.

Guidance for applicants can be found at the top right hand of this page

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