Penny Rabiger

On paper, schools have had a duty to ensure that they are places which are safe, happy and equitable for all staff, children and their families.

We know that in reality, this is much harder to achieve than could have been imagined when we signed up for the job as teachers and leaders.

When it comes to race, schools may have been busy with bureaucracy around racial incidents, but it seems like recent events have made many school leaders realise how deeply entrenched structural or systemic racism is in our institutions, and the real impact this has on people of colour, their life chances, access to opportunity, wellbeing, physical and mental health.

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