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Widening participation for BAME young people (3)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Jennette Arnold Jennette Arnold Labour

The Education Panel recommended as part of our work on exclusions that you should work to increase the proportion of BAME teachers and school leaders in London. What progress have you made?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I have awarded the London South Teaching School Alliance a grant to deliver a year-long project to explore ways to improve the retention of BAME teachers across London, following a competitive bidding process.

This will support teachers to stay and progress in the profession. Participants will take part in practical workshop activities throughout the year. Workshops include leading, managing and empowerment and how BAME teachers can be role models for young people. Participants will also receive coaching from a senior school leader and have opportunities to shadow school leaders. The project includes training for governors and headteachers, with a focus on bias within organisational structures and critical race theory. This project will be led by a steering group of successful serving BAME headteachers.

This complements my Getting Ahead London coaching programme for aspiring headteachers. Since launching in 2016, Getting Ahead London has supported 250 leaders, across every London borough. Engaging BAME leaders has been a particular focus of the programme.