The day I started seeing colour…

Tuesday 9th October 2018 at approximately 5.45pm.. my world started to become less B&W in some ways. More black and white in most other ways. Ok, let’s rewind.. It wasn’t until I was called a “Paki” at school at the age of about 9 that I started to question my heritage. My father and mother …

After multiple reviews, it is time for a Race Equality Strategy to fundamentally change the system

All young people should be able to learn about trailblazers like John Archer, who was elected mayor of Battersea in 1913 to become the first Black mayor in London; Paul Stephenson, the brave leader of the Bristol Bus boycott, and Mary Seacole who set up the ‘British Hotel’ in 1855 behind the enemy lines of …

100 Great Black Britons – Patrick Vernon; Angelina Osborne; | Foyles Bookstore

Synopsis A long-overdue book honouring the remarkable achievements of key Black British individuals over many centuries, in collaboration with the 100 Great Black Britons campaign founded and run by Patrick Vernon OBE. 'Buillding on decades of scholarship, this book by Patrick Vernon and Dr Angelina Osborne brings the biographies of Black Britons together and vividly …

Making the horse thirsty…

Having been in the business sector in senior management for nearly two decades. I found myself in my first leadership role nearly a decade ago. I hadn't planned on joining the "ranks" again but I felt I had no choice. I wrote this at the time and thought I'd lost it until I scoured my …

Data needs to be accepted…!

It will reveal what kind of people we are… Jean-Luc Picard, Captain of the Starship USS Enterprise-DMaybe this post is just an excuse to get a Star Trek, Jean-Luc and Data reference in?! In this scene Jean-Luc is giving a testimony as to Data's rights to be treated as an equal. For those that aren't …

#LDeduchat: BLM & Anti-Racism – a whole responsibility

Thursday 18th June 2020 at 11.30am we saw 1000+ attendees from over 15 countries engaging in a discussion with 15 outstanding panellists on how we create a new education landscape. BLM & Anti-Racism was at the heart of this discussion with a focus on school leadership and curriculum. Please please watch this and share with …

Ethnic diversity of public sector workforces – GOV.UK

The latest report July 2019 on the landscape of our public sector. Headteachers have increased to 3.5% which equates to about 90 Headteachers in the last year. This is positive. However, context is everything, and these are just numbers. Please bear in mind: U.K. Workforce statistics around 22.8% BAME Teaching workforce 8.7% And the most …

Sticks and Stones by Imrana Mahmood

Sticks and Stones by Imrana Mahmood. An evocative poem growing up in England as a Muslim woman.

BAME teachers are still marginalised in a system that refuses to change | Allana Gay | Teacher Network | The Guardian

In 1985, a major report found that ethnic minorities were disproportionately under-represented in teaching. Little has changed since — Read on http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2018/mar/20/fight-bame-teachers-senior-positions-diversity

Profile: First female Muslim secondary head in UK | Tes

Bushra Nasir’s education started on the floor of a school in Pakistan. Five decades later, she leads an academy trust serving disadvantaged pupils — Read on http://www.tes.com/news/meet-uks-first-female-muslim-secondary-headteacher This is a fascinating story of teacher's journey from the floor of a school in Pakistan to the roof of education in the U.K. It's amazing to see …