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‘There is absolutely systemic racism’: BAME headteachers share their views

Tuesday 25th January 2022

Four headteachers describe the obstacles they have had to overcome to reach senior leadership roles

Josephine Okokon, head of St Martins-in-the-Field high school for girls, London

My race became an issue very early in my career as a teacher and I began to discover these subtle, covert barriers. I was often the only female teacher of colour and I soon began to see the white teachers getting more encouragement, more support and more mentoring than me. I was left to fend for myself.

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