Unconscious Bias: Developing Resilience in the Classroom to Support Pupil Outcomes

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This webinar will provide headteachers, deputy heads, subject leads and teachers with an understanding of unconscious bias and the actions they can take to mitigate its impact.

Unconscious bias can result in assumptions being made around school children based on any aspect of their identity, such as race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status or even their ability. It can influence how school staff perceive their pupils and lead to favouritism or underestimating their ability to achieve success, potentially affecting educational outcomes.

In this webinar, Principal Examiner, school leader and author of The CRAFT of Assessment, Michael Chiles, explores how schools can recognise and identify their own unconscious bias during teaching and learning to help negate it’s affects and ensure an equal opportunity of success for all students.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding what unconscious bias is and how it develops and impacts cognitive ability.

  • Recognising how to identify unconscious bias in oneself and developing counter strategies.

  • How unconscious bias can manifest itself in classroom teaching, grading and assessments and in pupil interactions.

  • Identifying different types of unconscious bias and how they can shape how educators view, interact and build relationships with pupils.

  • Building resilience to unconscious bias to help ensure equality, fairness and improved pupil outcomes.

Michael Chiles

About The Expert

Michael Chiles

Principal Examiner, Curriculum Development Advisor, school leader and author of The CRAFT of Assessment
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Unlearning to relearn: Understanding ourselves

I thought I knew about "unconscious bias", but this webinar introduced me to the complexities of the many forms of bias. I had to unlearn my previous thoughts and become more self-aware of my words and actions. The next steps are to share this learnt experience with my colleagues as well as children.
Manoj Natha-Hansen - St Martin's CE Primary School

Unconscious Bias in the Classroom

This was a very good webinar with some excellent strategies for anyone working with children. It makes you look at yourself and how our own unconscious bias can impact on the way we interact with children. I think everyone should watch this webinar.
Susannah Routledge, TA - Chapel Street Primary School

Very well presented webinar. Clear and concise and good examples provided for a better understanding.
Sandeep Kaur Panesar - Nishkam Primary Wolverhampton

Unconscious bias

I found this webinar very interesting. This is something that can have a huge impact on a child's learning. Very informative and well presented.
Julie Buckley, TA - Chapel Street Primary School


Completing the IMT test and accepting I have an unconscious bias was hard yet empowering. This webinar has equipped me with sound knowledge and research-based strategies to help maintain a bias-free environment. Thank you.
Sophie Moss - Willow Bank Primary School

Unconscious Bias training

A good combination of research, examples and guidance; well structured with a useful link to identify your own biases and some top tips on how to overcome biases. An interesting focus on the importance of anonymous marking for summative assessment, which makes me think we need to persevere with this strategy in our schools.
Katherine Hyland, Assistant Head Teacher - St Anne's Catholic High School for Girls

Unconscious Bias

It was extremely interesting, especially the examples of research and books which I can read up on the topic further. Some good ideas for establishing strategies on reducing unconscious bias within the classroom and across the staffroom.
Samantha Mowle - Orley Farm School

Unconscious bias webinar was thought-provoking

It was good that this was research-informed as a presentation to begin with, giving confidence in what followed. Anecdotal examples of such biases were relatable and was solution-oriented without those solutions being impractical/beyond what a school can do and deliver.
James Wright - Crown Hills Community College

Unconscious Bias Webinar

This was thought provoking, challenging and helpful in terms of reviewing my practice and suggestions for school improvement. I was intrigued and surprised by the various types of unconscious bias teachers can hold and the impact on pupil outcomes. Thank you for sharing practical tips that I can take back to my school.
Katherine Mann - Southgate School EN4 0BL

Most definitely a worthy resource. Worth time and consideration

pleased so far
Michelle Shaw, Teacher - Furness Primary School

Thought provoking

Lots of interesting ideas to consider.
Rachael Warren, Teacher - Hemswell Cliff Primary School


Excellent exploration of unconscious bias and how it can impact upon teaching and leadership.
Erica Pickford, head teacher - Squirrel Hayes First School

Fantastic Course

I am now aware of some of my unconscious biases based on the IMT test that I have completed, Thank you.
Thandiwe Moyo - Wardle Academy

Unpicking our own unconscious bias

A gentle but purposeful reminder of how powerful unconscious bias is along with some strategies to recognise it and mitigate against its impact.
Liz Wren, Assistant Head Teacher - Roundhay School

An interesting watch

A great introduction to unconscious bias. Lots to unpick
Tom Turnham - The Belham Primary School

Unconscious Bias

This really supported my understanding of this and the many forms Unconscious Bias comes in. I’m going to be able to take this knowledge back into the classroom and I can support my colleagues too.
Lorna Finch, HLTA - The Fulbridge Academy

Such an eye opener

It made me aware of something I was not aware of. So happy I can do something to improve my practice.
Laura Woodward, Teacher - Kensington Avenue Primary School

Informative and thought provoking.

Informative and thought provoking. Covers a lot of group in the time and offered lots of tools to improve practice.
Sarah FORD, Teacher of Chemistry - LVS Ascot

Interesting topic

Lots to discuss as a staff and take away.
Josephine Thompson - HEMAT

Unconscious Bias

Very informative
andrew kendrick - HEMAT

Unconscious Bias

This Webinar was easy to digest with some great examples and top tips.
Kirsty Rivers - HEMAT

An informative eye-opener

Girija Shah, Teacher - HEMAT

Engaging and informative

Clear points, well delivered and relevant to teachers in classrooms today.
Claudia Marchese - HEMAT

Very informative

A really good account which really does make you think as a professional what we do without realising it on a day to day basis!
Bradley HUNT, Asst Head - Head of Boarding - LVS Ascot

Very Good Training

I liked this training a lot
Richard FURSE, Head of Bus Studies & Economics - LVS Ascot

Review 1

Interesting aspects on bias and pre judgement
Robert HEWETT, Teacher of Physics - LVS Ascot

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