Government Data - Are Those From Black Heritage Pitted Against?
Number of pupils by ethnicity 11.8% are black or mixed heritage. There has been a significant rise in the number of BME pupils in the UK over the last decade.
There are approximately 32 mixed black headteachers in England and Wales in the 16500 primary schools.
Between 2016 and 2017 Bristol had 7 substantive black school headteachers and school advisors and in 2020 it has one and none on its school improvement team, whose members often sit on recruitment panels. 3 years later, out of those 24 school leaders that left their senior positions, only 2 remained in senior educational leadership roles with only one black, which is me.
I was made redundant in 2017 and went on to successfully lead 3 different primary schools in interim roles. In September 2019 I took up a role as a school improvement advisor, advising and facilitating headteachers in Bracknell Forest, a local authority that has a typical profile for a fringe borough outside of London and being mixed black I am firmly in the minority of black preofessionals in the borough. In my research led studies I want to explore why only two of the 24 who lost their leadership roles between 2017 and 2019 continued to be employed in senior school leadership roles today. I will also compare these with some who lost or left their roles, but did not have a hiatus in their career and were appointed into similar roles or promoted and compare how those from black heritage are represetned in other professional careers.