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Leaders like us: Building a diverse school leadership pipeline

All ethnic groups except white are under-represented at all career stages of the teaching profession, especially leadership roles. The Leaders Like Us programme is changing this with its mission to develop future school leaders. Laura McPhee explains

Leadership diversity: Leaders Like Us seeks to develop the pipeline of leaders from global majority heritage backgrounds. Pictured at a recent programme event are (l-r) Emily Norman, head of curriculum and inclusion at the Church of England Education Office; Liz Agbettoh, school effectiveness officer at the Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education; Bola-Alysia Ayonrinde and Elizabeth Olulari, national education leads for racial justice at Church of England Education Office; Allana Gay, co-founder of the BAMEed network and a headteacher (image: supplied)


“We need diversity of thought in the world to face new challenges.” Tim Berners-Lee

Racial inequality continues to be a challenge for schools nationally. While we have seen a small increase in the proportion of teaching staff from global majority heritage backgrounds (DfE, 2023a; 2023b), there is still much work to be done.

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