‘Headteacher of the Year’ award won by SOAS alumna


Evelyn Forde, a London headteacher – and SOAS graduate – has won a prestigious teaching award at the Tes Schools Awards. Evelyn is an alumna of SOAS’s African History and African Literature degree, which she completed in 1998.

The 2020 Tes Schools Awards are the unofficial ‘Oscars of Education. You may not have heard of them – but they are a major event in the UK education calendar. Winning the title of ‘Headteacher of the Year’ is a big achievement – and one which Evelyn thoroughly deserves.

In 2018, government stats showed nearly 93% of headteachers were White British – Evelyn Forde, as a Black headteacher – is committed to changing this, championing the work of BAME teachers in the UK, acting as a mentor to many, and taking the issue of BAME underrepresentation to the national press.

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In just two years, Evelyn has drastically improved things at Copthall School in Mill Hill, and turned it around from a ‘requiring improvement’ to ‘good’ Oftsed rating. Eveylyn’s work has resulted in Copthall being in the top 1.5 per cent of schools in the 2018-19 academic year.

This is one dedicated headteacher — Evelyn even climbed Snowdon to raise money for her school, and to raise awareness of the important issue of school funding.

Big congratulations to this headteacher who shares many of the same values as us at SOAS!

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