There aren’t enough black headteachers, new education secretary Nadhim Zahawi says

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The Secretary of Education has said that schools in England still do not have enough black-headed teachers.

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Addressing the school leaders union NAHT in London on Saturday, Nadim Jahavi said workplace diversity on top of education is “not good enough”.

The comments from the new secretary of state seem to break the thrust of predecessor Gavin Williamson, whom he replaced in a cabinet reshuffle last month.


Mr Williamson, who was unpopular among teachers, dismissed concerns about diversity, citing the school curriculum in another context.

But when asked about diversity at the union conference, Mr. Jahvi replied that it was “important” that teaching was an “inclusive profession” so that students of all backgrounds felt represented and inspired.

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“School leadership is not representative when it comes to race, and as you say, there are not enough black headmasters,” he said.

“I will go ahead and say that there are not enough black leaders at the high levels of the civil service and departments across the government and we need to do better there as well.”

Mr Jahvi said: “I really think it is important that teaching is an inclusive profession.

“Schools and their leadership teams should reflect their communities and their students and I am absolutely determined to see improvement.

“I think we need inspiring teachers to represent and inspire students from all walks of life.”

“It’s not good enough. We have to go further and I hope we do it together.”

He added: “I want us to make sure we continue to encourage more black and ethnic minority candidates into the profession.”


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