Steve Chalke helps launch plan to boost BAME leadership in schools

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Steve Chalke, the church leader and founder of Oasis schools, has been working on a new project called Break the Cycle.

 

It comes as figures suggest just three per cent of head-teachers identify as non-white.

A list of targets has been created to make a difference. These include stamping out racism, rooting out bias in the education system and inspiring BAME young people into a career in education.

Addressing the issue, Steve Chalke said: “We have failed generations of BAME students. Growing up mixed-race, with an Indian father, in the 1960s, the only role models I had at school were white.

“The fact that kids today, 50 plus years later, are experiencing the same distorted view of our society is unacceptable.
 
“This is an issue for everyone. Equity in leadership is better leadership; something that benefits all of us. I’m calling on everyone in education to be part of this, to be the change we want to see.”
 
Education minister Damian Hinds has given his backing.

He said: “Let’s say you’re 14, you’re not white, and the school you go to has no black or minority teachers. What does that tell you? How does that make you feel?
 
“Seeing teachers, and a head teacher in particular, from minorities can help to motivate young people and help them to strive courageously for their goals.”

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