Government Data - Are Those From Black Heritage Pitted Against?

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.