Coaching & Leadership Development
Why Schools Must Keep Tackling Racism a Priority

Why Schools Must Keep Tackling Racism a Priority

  This story comes from Headteacher of St Marylebone C of E School, Kathryn Pugh   Our school is a really thoughtful, dynamic, exciting place to work and learn. We serve a very diverse community; we always have done.    I joined the school in 2005 as a Teacher of English.  When I joined, I thought to myself, “This school’s amazing. We have students of all different backgrounds, with so many different languages spoken. We have multi-cultural celebrations, we celebrate diversity through dance and music and many subjects and activities … ” etc.    So, when in 2020, we were confronted with the idea that actually we haven’t done enough, that we weren’t doing everything we could be doing to serve our community and be an anti-racist school, as Headteacher, proud of our diversity and service, it was a very hard pill to swallow.    Even up to a couple years ago, if somebody had said or even implied that part of the way we do things as a school was racist, I’d have recoiled in defensive horror. I wouldn’t have known where to put myself, except for probably being quite embarrassingly defensive about it.   Yet looking back now, whilst we would absolutely do our best to deal with incidents around race if and when they occurred and did lots to celebrate racial and cultural diversity – in truth, we hadn’t done any deep work to tackle racism and the tensions that may lie under the surface in our school, that were going unspoken.   A number of us (including me) had worked with Integrity Coaching before.  I...