Black Leaders: A Case For More Research

Everyone knows there is a serious problem in the UK about the lack of black leaders, but, like the issue itself, it is not being addressed by education academics, reports Professor Marianne Coleman.
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We know that there is a scarcity of BAME leaders in our schools. Whilst just under 30% of pupils of secondary school age and just over 30% of pupils of primary school age are from Black And Minority Ethnic backgrounds, the proportion of BAME teachers is under 15% while the proportion of senior leaders in schools remains under 10% (for details see DfE 2017(a) and (b)).  This disproportion between the ethnicity of pupils, particularly in urban schools, compared to the ethnicity of their teachers and school leaders deserves to be more fully researched. 

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