A network organisation established by a Middlesex University alumna to help more black and minority ethnic (BME) educators advance their careers is going from strength to strength.
Ethnic Minorities in Education (EMIE), which was set up by Danielle Egonu-Obanye in 2012, is linked with the National College of Teaching and Leadership and already has more than 300 members nationwide.
Danielle, who completed an MA Teaching degree at Middlesex in 2010 and is now Assistant Head Teacher at Ainslie Wood Primary School in east London, founded the organisation after identifying the lack of BME teachers in senior leadership positions in UK schools.
To address this, EMIE offers a range of services including networking opportunities, a mentoring programme and CPD courses; all of which are designed to help its members overcome barriers to promotion.
"There was no support network in place to address this so rather than talking about the issues and problems I thought I should look for a solution instead.
"The goal of EMIE is to have more BME senior leaders in primary and secondary schools across the country. That is our initial mission but as we grow our network, we will expand our list of objectives."
The Ethnic Minorities in Education Annual Event takes place at the National College of Teaching and Leadership in Nottingham on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October.
To find out more you can call +44 (0) 7852 273 694.