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Caren Onanda Young Black Teachers Network, UK

Caren Onanda has taught and volunteered across the education sector for over 25 years - from Widening Participation projects with the Universities of Cambridge and York, to work with Gifted & Talented provision and at international summer schools. She is passionate about improving the life outcomes of young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. She has been teaching English in secondary schools in England for 17 years and has held various leadership positions - from Head of Year and Head of Department, to Lead Practitioner and is now a member of the Senior Leadership Team at her current school.

Caren has also embarked upon a Doctorate in Education in order to further explore and research the journeys of black educators in the UK. She is keen to ensure good practice is shared and strong networks are built and developed across schools in diverse settings. Caren is a Trustee for Southside Young Leaders Academy and on the advisory board for Penguin Lit in Colour. She has written for various educational blogs including Schools Week. She is the South London Hub lead for YBTN.