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Anti-racist school leadership: making ‘race’ count in leadership preparation and development

Anti-racist school leadership: making ‘race’ count in leadership preparation and development

Miller, Paul (2020) Anti-racist school leadership: making ‘race’ count in leadership preparation and development. Professional Development in Education, 47 (1). pp. 7-21. ISSN 1941-5257 (Print), 1941-5265 (Online) (doi:

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School leaders in England have a huge task to mediate factors in a school’s environment (regulatory/legal and institutional). Rapid and sometimes conflicting policy agendas for improved performance have become a main preoccupation of school leaders as they jostle to keep their jobs as they wrestle to implement the latest government mandate. As a result, many school leaders to ignore, at best, or are unprepared for, at worse, how to deal with institutional impacts and challenges associated with unprecedented levels of migration, and race discrimination. This is compounded by school leaders’ lack of understanding of, for example, personal and structural racism, and how these collude against attempts to build racially inclusive school environments. Through an ecological model this paper argues that in spite of performativity pressures, school leaders should develop skills, attributes and knowledge in areas of curriculum diversity, recruitment and career progression, leading change for race diversity that (i) reflects the contexts within which they live and work, and that (ii) empowers them to more effectively serve their institutions. The paper asserts that ‘anti-racist’ training for school leaders should be central to ongoing professional development efforts, especially in multi-cultural, multi-racial and multi-ethnic societies/educational environments.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Antiracist, school leaders, professional development, equity culture
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Education & Community Studies
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2021 13:38
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
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