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Forum for BAME teachers secures Government funding

05 November 2019

The Department for Education (DfE) has awarded funding to support a development scheme that aims to accelerate the career progression of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) teachers.

The BAME Headteachers and Senior Leaders Forum in Birmingham represents a range of local schools and related organisations.

The forum was established by Surinder Kaur Dhillon, senior associate at national education law firm Stone King.

The forum successfully were awarded a £6,000 grant from DfE’s Leadership Equality and Diversity Fund to set up a scheme for 10 delegates to receive professional development, mentoring and coaching sessions over the course of a year, provided and facilitated by the forum’s partners.

Surinder Kaur Dhillon said: “As a former inner-city pupil in Birmingham, I believe the issue of representation in leadership reflecting pupil diversity is a very important one.

“Funding was something we aspired to perhaps in year three or four, so we are delighted to receive this grant after just one year, thanks to the work of our forum ambassadors Kendrick Morris OBE and Ava Sturridge-Packer CBE.

“It will help us to take the first step to get our project off the ground and set up professional development opportunities for our BAME delegates.”

According to DfE data, 32.1 per cent of all primary pupils and 29.1 per cent of all secondary pupils in UK state-funded schools are from a BAME background, whilst many leadership teams are not representative of the communities served.

Only 3.5 per cent of headteachers from a BAME background.

As part of the project Stone King, which has offices at Colmore Gate in Birmingham, will present leadership training sessions.

Other organisations that have agreed to be key partners in delivering this project include Birmingham Church of England Diocese, Waverley Education Foundation, Hamstead Hall Academy, Titan Partnership of Schools, University of Birmingham School of Education/Education Leadership Academy and National Governors Association (NGA).

For more information, and to apply to become a delegate, please contact Surinder Kaur Dhillon on SurinderDhillon@stoneking.co.uk

Pictured: Educators part of the forum L-R back row - Colin Diamond, Jonathan Mortimer, Surinder Kaur Dhillon, Kendrick Morris

L-R front row - Carolyn Chapman-Lees, Ava Sturridge-Packer, Charlotte Ward

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