The Bedford Borough Learning Exchange was successful in a bid for funding to deliver a leadership programme to support Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) teachers within Bedford Borough schools. The aim is to target those members of staff who are potentially 12–18 months from promotion to a leadership or management position.
A recent census showed that in the urban area young people from BME groups in the 0–4 age range make up to 51% of the population, and yet there are very few BME colleagues in senior leadership roles in the Borough. Our aim is to ensure that the diversity of the local population is better reflected in the leadership of our schools.
‘Step into Leadership’ is a practical programme for up to 20 BME colleagues built around the six Hay McBer leadership dimension:
1. HARMONISING 2. CONSULTING 3. VISIONING
4. COMMANDING 5. PACE-SETTING 6. COACHING
With the support from Grass Roots plc, the University of Bedfordshire and local facilitators/trainers, the programme offers formal whole group sessions, inspirational role models, personalised mentor/delegate exercises and group problem solving activities.
The initial launch session in early January 2015 was followed by six half day sessions over the spring and summer terms of 2015 culminating in a graduation and celebration event on the 9th July.
The aims of the programme were to heighten awareness of diversity issues and empower a group of BME colleagues with the confidence, skills and aspirations to become future leaders and inspiring role models.
If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact the Project Manager.