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Trust at the heart of diverse schools

Diversity, equality, inclusion, and respect within our school communities are crucial and trust is at the heart of achieving this. Orlene Badu reflects on how we can be the senior leader that our black and global majority community members can trust

My personal journey with race definitely affected my leadership – it is a personal journey we do not always pay attention to or examine in order to understand the impact it can have on the trusted relationships in our school communities.

The current landscape is challenging for us all and we recognise more than ever the importance of creating the right conditions for our community to thrive. Being in a trusted environment is what ensures your community feels like they belong and know they are valued.

This is just as important for your staff and parents/carers as it is for your pupils. Our own personal journey with race will also affect our ability to confront race – and racism – to ensure all of our black and global majority community members feel seen and valued; to ensure they believe that they can trust us to challenge systemic inequalities, to challenge racism, and to have a positive impact on their lived experiences.

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