Richard Holme

The issue of diversity in education, and wider society, is something I’ve been aware of for a very long time. I remember watching with interest a storyline on homophobia on Grange Hill in the 1980s. I also have a strong memory of my father (a teacher) calling out racists at a non-league football game when I was around 10 years old. This was a formative moment in my life. What I didn’t realise then was that I was extremely privileged. As a white, middle-class, heterosexual, male I hold all the aces. I was blissfully unaware I would never need to battle the bigotry that many other people face in their lives. Even with my comprehension school background I am extremely privileged.

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