Race: Time to face down those uncomfortable conversations

Race is an emotionally charged issue for many and one that many educationalists lack confidence in addressing. For many, these conversations can be discomfiting. Viv Grant considers how we can define what race and social justice look like in our schools

I was chatting to a group of young black headteachers earlier this year and we got to talking about the challenges they have to overcome on a daily basis.

As well as the stresses and strains that all school leaders have to deal with these heads faced an extra set of hurdles.

Parents not believing they were headteachers and being side-lined from the career ladder were among the common experiences we touched upon. It was frustrating to me because it showed how little has changed since the late 1990s when I was a young headteacher, turning around a failing school in London.

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