1st Edition

You Are Not Alone: 14 Stories from Education by Leaders for Race Equality

Edited By NAHT Copyright 2025
    126 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    126 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book brings together the key events in the lives of 14 ethnically diverse school leaders and members of the NAHT ‘Leaders for Race Equality’ group through school, university, interviews and promotion. The group was established in 2020 in response to the events of the pandemic and the murder of George Floyd, providing support to its members leading schools through this challenging time. 

    The featured school leaders provide their own personal accounts of the barriers and challenges they faced during their own education and into their roles as school leaders, including how they overcame adversity to achieve their goals. Common to many stories is the impact of the school environment and how vital the support and influence of role models can be, and the book concludes by setting out key recommendations for schools and policy makers. Including forewords from two prominent black contributors in the field, this important text aims to change attitudes, build allies and inspire other individuals to aim for their goals and know that you are not alone.

    This book will be of benefit to all school leaders at both primary and secondary levels. It will be an important read for those looking to support colleagues and understand the need for diversity and equity among teaching and leadership staff.

    1. I’m not aunty, I’m your teacher, Ama Osapanin  2. Changing the narrative: How I transformed labels into opportunities for growth and forged my own path, Danielle Lewis-Egonu  3. My leadership journey, Debbie Doherty  4. Best fit, Diana Ohene-Darko  5. Challenging times, Elaine Williams  6. It takes a village to raise a child, Lorna Legg  7. All I ever wanted to be was a teacher, Mayleen Atima  8. Coming out BAME – two moments, Rick Stuart-Sheppard  9. Your career is a marathon, not a sprint, Ross Ashcroft  10. An epiphany, Ruhaina Alford-Rahim  11. Learning, growing and finding your light, Sabrina Edwards  12.  Children can't be what they can't see: Breaking the cycle, Sarah Hobson  13. Overcoming stereotypes: Embracing your value on the path to leadership, Symone Campbell  14. Focused, determined and resilient, Yvonne Davis  15. Culture and ethos  16. Curriculum change  17. Recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce

    Biography

    NAHT is the definitive voice of school leaders, working to create a better education system for both educationalists and students alike. They represent over 37,000 school leaders, making it the largest association for school leaders in the United Kingdom. The ‘Leaders for Race Equality’ group provides a space for members to come together to discuss the experiences and issues facing them as school leaders within NAHT and the profession more widely.