Black and Asian communities are not proportionately represented in the teaching workforce, especially in headship. Drawing on his own experiences and his journey to headship, headteacher Patrick Cozier looks at what we can do to diversify our school leadership teams
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I recently attended the launch of a very special book entitled Letters to a Young Generation: Aspiring school leaders, by the amazing Amanda Wilson (2023).

Subtitled Igniting a passion in the next generation of black school leaders, this book is inspiring and I feel privileged to have been asked to write one of the chapters.

Reading the book, it is easy to get lost in the passion and wisdom of the fantastic black educational leaders within. However, the most important thing for me is the book’s purpose, its “why”.

The under-representation of black leaders is a problem and anything we can do to encourage those that come after us is critical. The talent is there – there is no doubt about that – but more must be done to nurture, encourage and inspire that talent.

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