Black Achievement Conference audience

The Black Achievement Conference: Years 10-12

LSE hosts a conference for African-Caribbean heritage students and their families as part of the UK’s Black History Month. 2017 marked the tenth anniversary of the Conference.

It was really amazing that the day also focused on parents and their roles in raising champions.
Conference participant

The Black Achievement Conference is an inspiring day with a line-up of speakers from London’s African-Caribbean community. The conference provides a taste of higher education and encourages students to continue to aim high. It celebrates past achievements and involves parents/carers in the education decision-making process.

Speakers in October 2017 included Kat B from MTV and Bianca Miller, semi-finalist on The Apprentice in 2014.

When and where does the conference take place?

The 2017 Black Achievement Conference took place on Saturday 21 October, on the LSE campus.

What activities are included?

The event inspires students to aim higher, think bigger, realise their potential and make informed choices about what to do with their futures through activities such as:

  • Motivational seminars
  • Parent workshops with practical tips on supporting their child’s education
  • Student life workshops led by LSE’s African Caribbean Society.

Are there any costs involved?

There is no cost to attend and lunch is provided.

What training do LSE staff receive?

All staff and students involved in the sessions receive appropriate training before the event. Staff or students working directly and regularly with young people on activities receive specific training on working with children, in line with LSE’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy. They also undergo an appropriate level Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Who is eligible?

The Black Achievement Conference is open to high-achieving London state school pupils from African and Caribbean backgrounds in years 10, 11 and 12, who are expected to achieve at least 5 A*-B grades at GCSE.

Please also see our core eligibility criteria.

How can I find out more and apply?

Applications for 2018 will open in autumn 2018. Please email widening.participation@lse.ac.uk for further information.

Parents and carers: download our guide.