The BAMEPE collective is a social change movement, with a vision of equitable physical education. BAMEPE was formed on the 11th August 2019 with our first tweet stating:
We observed that something was missing. So we decided to do something about it.
The current teaching workforce is not representative of the young people that we teach; one of our aims are to raise the profile of physical education through the voices that are often not represented within the field. We hope to drive change through encouraging more BAME physical educators into the field, engaging BAME physical educators in research and new experiences and making changes in physical education to promote equity.
This is a very important part of our collective identities, as inclusivity lies at the heart of our movement. The silhouettes represent four animations of women; a historically marginalised group within physical education. The term ‘BAME’ (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) although widely accepted, we also recognise that it is contested by members of this community. Inspired by the flag created by Daniel Quasar, ‘BAMEPE’ incorporates the transgender flag and the updated pride flag to represent people of colour within the LGBTQIA community. We also support people with different abilities; our communicational materials include the well-recognised disability flag.
Co-founders Dr Shrehan Lynch & Laura McBean
Dr Shrehan Lynch: is currently a Senior Lecturer in teacher education at the University of East London, she teaches on the PGCE, School Direct and Apprenticeship programmes training teachers. @DrlynchEdu
Laura McBean: is currently an RQT in Secondary Physical Education in South London, she is also completing her PhD studies at the University of East London. @Mcbeanpe
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