Anti-racism guidance for school governors to target headteacher recruitment
The Guardian|January 26, 2022
Free online anti-racism training is to be made available for the first time to the 250,000 governors and trustees who control recruitment of senior staff across maintained schools, academies and multi-academy trusts in England.
Amelia Hill

The move comes amid concerns about a stark lack of racial diversity among headteachers. Only 7.3% of headteachers in state-funded schools in England come from minority ethnic backgrounds, compared with 21.5% of the working-age population.

The National Governance Association (NGA) has entered into partnership with the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) to provide the training. It is the first time the bodies have launched a joint enterprise or provided free training.

“Our action shows how seriously concerned we are by the lack of racial diversity among school leaders,” said Emma Knights, the chief executive of the NGA. “We need to get governors and leaders to think about what they personally might be doing to create these widespread inequalities, and how they each have to change.”

Headteachers of colour have spoken to the Guardian with unprecedented candour about their experience of widespread and often devastating racial discrimination throughout their careers.

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