Chris Parr

How breaking the silence about race could smash the ‘glass ceiling’

Although racism in schools may be less blatant than decades ago, subtle discrimination still hampers the careers of black and minority ethnic teachers, finds Chris Parr. But academics have highlighted how leaders can tackle the problem – and the first step is to talk about the subject of race openly

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There was a time when people were not judged on their colour. It is remarkable to think about this, but there was a time,” says business psychologist Binna Kandola, author of Racism at Work: the danger of indifference.

Sadly, he says this time has long since passed – something that is perhaps reflected in school leadership teams across the country. According to Department for Education figures, nearly 87 per cent of all teachers in England are white British (see bit.ly/TeachWork). Among headteachers, this proportion rises to more than 93 per cent – and that does not include non-British white ...

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