Black teachers in London

Maylor, Uvanney; Ross, Alistair; Rollock, Nicola and Williams, Katya. 2006. Black teachers in London. Project Report. Greater London Authority. [Report]

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This report, commissioned by the Mayor of London, follows on from a major piece of research also commissioned by the Mayor through the London Development Agency to examine the educational experiences of black boys in London, 2000-03 (2004). That report considered in great detail the reasons for the continuing underachievement of black boys in schools when compared to their peers. This report seeks to build on that research by seeking the views of black teachers about their contribution in raising achievement for black children, and also to consider what steps are necessary to address the problems of recruiting and retaining a representative teaching workforce for London.
This study was commissioned with three main aims. These were to examine:
• the factors with the greatest impact on the recruitment, development, progression and retention of black teachers in London
• the views of black teachers and parents as to the factors affecting the educational achievement of black pupils
• the views of black teachers and parents as to the effect that the presence of black teachers in the classroom has on raising black pupil performance.
The intention was also to consider more broadly:
• whether black teachers consider themselves as role models, and if so, for whom
• if there is anything distinctive about being a black teacher and what this means in practice
• black teachers’ relationships with parents
• the educational needs of black children and the concerns/priorities of black parents with regard to the education of their children
• black parental involvement in the education of their children.

In addition to the above, the report provides an update on the numbers and distribution of black teachers in London, with comparative data on the distribution of pupils and the general population. The report also includes a review of relevant literature and policy issues involved in the recruitment, retention and promotion of (black) teachers.

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Report (Project Report)

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Educational Studies


September 2006

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06 Jan 2020 15:03

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29 Apr 2020 17:23


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