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Diversity in educational leadership

Watch this video in which female school leaders from minority ethnic groups discuss the challenges they faced when striving for leadership positions.

Before we get started with this week’s topics, we want to hear your thoughts on an important issue within educational leadership: diversity.

Teaching has long been a female-dominated profession, yet only 36% of headteachers at secondary schools in England are women (O’Conor, 2015). What’s more, in 2019, over 92% of headteachers in the UK were White British (DfE, 2021).

Watch the video above in which female school leaders from minority ethnic groups discuss the challenges they faced when striving for leadership positions and how they overcame them.

Your task

How do you think schools could benefit from greater diversity at the leadership level and what can be done to help close the gap?
Share your thoughts in the comments section.

References

O’Conor, L. (2015, February 11). Where are all the female headteachers? The Guardian. Web link

Department for Education. (2021, February 18). School teacher workforce. Gov.uk. Web link

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