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Drive to recruit more headteachers from ethnic minorities

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ONE of the region’s first black headteachers is leading a major drive to recruit more school leaders from ethnic minorities.

David Hermitt, executive principal of Congleton High School, is to run two Government-funded training courses next month in conjunction with Ofsted.

The one-day sessions will give schools an insight into how Ofsted works, and course places will be free for black and ethnic minority (BME) teachers.

Mr Hermitt is currently one of just 27 headteachers to come from a BME background in the North West. Yet there are almost 100,000 pupils from ethnic minorities in the region’s schools.

Now he wants to see more diversity among school leadership teams so they more closely reflect the communities they serve.

The scheme will also include support to help teachers progress on to headships, where they could act as role models for BME pupils.

Source: Stoke Sentinel http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Drive-recruit-headteachers-ethnic-minorities/story-26443751-detail/story.html

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