Executive Leadership

Inspiring Diversity in Leadership

We need more leaders from a variety of ethnic backgrounds: What can schools do? Marianne Coleman reports on the best practices of schools dedicated to inclusivity and diversity at all levels.
Group of diverse people

Compared to the proportion of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students in our schools, there is a relative shortage of BAME teachers and an even bigger shortage of BAME leaders. The figures speak for themselves. While 28.5% of primary pupils and 24.2% of secondary pupils in the UK (more in urban areas) are from a BAME background, that is true of only 6.1% of headteachers (Hermitt, 2015).  What sort of messages do these figures send out to our society and particularly to young people?  Does our education system harbour unthinking discrimination? Are we really tapping the potential of all our teaching force?

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