I left my school yesterday after just under 4 years as an Assistant Head Teacher there. Lots of students came and said good bye to me. As they do. I recieved parting gifts, cards and boxes and boxes of chocolates.
I hung around at break, lunch and after school for students to come and speak to me if they wished. I did my usual daily, walk around school. Aside from the tears, pleas for hugs and asking for me to add them to instagram/snapchat a few students said some really interesting things to me...
Sir, seriously, we are really going to miss your face here, you made it seem like we can make it too. (Asian boys, year 11.)
Sir, you opened up discussions in my household that I can now defend properly. (Black boy, year 10.)
Being here, showing us that you can be yourself and proper smart, makes me think I don't need to change who I am to be successful. (Asian girls, year 11/12.)
You have continually showed us, that talking about equity, is much clearer than equality. (Year 9/10/11 white girls.)
Sir, you make England loving. (Year 11 Looked After Unaccompanied Asylum Seeker.)
This is why, we need to keep up with BAMEed, all of our students benefit from diversity.
- They need to see us
- They need to believe they can be us
- They need to be assured that they will get all chances because of their skills and nothing else
- They need to know we believe in them and the system
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