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NAHT Leaders for Race Equality

During the summer term, with events around Black Lives Matter heightening awareness of race inequality, we recognised the need to do more to support our diverse membership while continuing to campaign for wider change. 

We invited members who identify as Black, Asian or are from minority ethnic groups to join us for a meeting on 8 July 2020, at which many spoke passionately and bravely of the discrimination and challenges they faced on their journeys to school leadership. 

"To realise that our difficulties, confusions or conflicts we all face are shared; that's been really supportive."

From this, an informal network evolved, self-named 'NAHT Leaders for Race Equality', which provides a space for these members to come together to discuss the experiences and issues facing them as school leaders within NAHT and the profession more widely. 

The knowledge and experience from the network aim to inform and deepen NAHT's expertise. It will also ensure we strengthen our representation for Black, Asian and minority ethnic members. 

We facilitate meetings every half term and a busy WhatsApp group that's used regularly by many members of the network. Other opportunities can also be shared with the network, including assisting with the Department for Education's research into the diversity of the teaching workforce and feeding into discussions with other sectors in the union, such as the Diversity and Inclusion group (DiG).

"Put simply: I love the group - it's the first group where I've felt I really belong."

NAHT Leaders for Race Equality is open to all Black, Asian and minority ethnic NAHT members, across all roles, phases and sectors, including those who may have retired from the profession. If you would like to join the network, please fill out this form.

Upcoming meetings

  • Wednesday 21 September 2022, 4:30pm – 5:30pm (virtual)
  • Tuesday 22 November 2022, 5:30pm – 6:30pm (virtual)
  • Wednesday 18 January 2023, 5pm – 6pm (virtual)
  • Wednesday 1 March 2023, 4:30pm – 5:30pm (virtual)
  • Thursday 18 May 2023, 6pm – 7pm (virtual)
  • Friday 30 June 2023: join us for a face-to-face meeting for all NAHT's equality networks.

You Are Not Alone

Originating from NAHT’s first equality network for Black, Asian and minority ethnic members, the ‘You Are Not Alone: Leaders for Race Equality’ book shares the personal experiences of 14 NAHT members from Asian, African, Caribbean and multiple backgrounds. It includes personal and challenging stories of the discrimination faced as both leaders and individuals through school, university, interviews and promotion, often having to prove themselves at every step on the way to leadership and facing both overt and covert racism from others. Find out more and hear what some of the authors had to say in our blog for Diverse Educators. 

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First published 23 June 2021