Dec 22, 2019 • 31M

Critical Mass. Allana Gay - Headteacher, Vita Et Pax Preparatory School

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This is an episode on BAME leadership in education. The first of a double bill today.

The Swan Report (1985) and a recent report by the Runnymede Trust (2017) note that BAME educators have more difficulty progressing to leadership in the English education system.

We went out to hear some stories from BAME leaders about what it was like for them getting to their position…but we made a mistake.

Listen to learn what it was and what we did about it.

This week, Allana Gay, Headteacher at Vita Et Pax Preparatory School, tells us about her upbringing, her journey to leadership and a striking parallel between the two.

She also shares her advice, which takes us straight into the final episode of Series 2 on White Allyship, which is available right now wherever you get your podcasts.

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In next week’s newsletter Allana shares:

  1. How she stays up to date with educational research.

  2. Two books she recommends that give us a deeper understanding of the systems and structures that limit success.

  3. What all developing school leaders should have access to.

  4. Blogs that allies should read.

  5. Links to the reports mentioned in the episode.

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