National research tells us that teachers from black and minority ethnic backgrounds lack confidence and self-esteem in applying for promotion. They continue to face challenges and barriers in their profession and feel isolated. This also is experienced by support staff in schools, particularly in seeking promoted posts.
This compounds the problem that representation is very low among senior leaders. Only 1% of headteachers in Yorkshire & Humber are from black and minority backgrounds, nationally the figure is less than 3%. This figure has remained stubbornly static over the last ten years.
Building a membership organisation to help educational professionals working in schools principally from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, which is also open to others irrespective of their race, colour or nationality who share our mission and vision. We recognise the important contributions that governors and support staff make to the school workforce and succession planning. We want to see all those working in education and with schools, for example as support staff, governors and teachers to join DEN so that together we can shift the leadership landscape.
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The DEN will help you to ...
Value your identity, improve your confidence and self-esteem
Share experiences to improve outcomes for you as an educator and the life chances of children and young people
Recognise your self potential, recognising contribution you can make
Access opportunities, resources and expert knowledge, experience and understanding
Get 24/7 support, advice and guidance
Re-discover the joys of being a teacher