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Rhia Gibbs

"For students of colour in classrooms today, they need to see someone like themselves as their teacher."

An inclusive society is a happier society, with less inequality, greater fairness and a welcome breadth of thinking. British society has a long way to go here and all our schools can be part of that journey, regardless of their setting. We just need to make sure our schools are fully inclusive too.

This is the mission of Rhia Gibbs, a secondary teacher and middle leader in an inner-city school, the founder of Black Teachers Connect and one of Independent Thinking’s inspiring New Voices.

With a background in youthwork as well as her experience in schools teaching Sociology and Criminology, Rhia has seen for herself the many ways in which teachers of colour can be turned off their careers in a professional environment that still has so few educators - and even fewer leaders – of colour.

Call us on +44(0)1267 211432 or email learn@independentthinking.co.uk for a chat about Rhia's prices, current availability and how to save money when you book.

It was when she was applying for her PGCE and wanted to connect with other educators of colour that she realised such a network did not exist, which is why she chose to set up Black Teachers Connect. She wanted other Black teachers not to have face alone an education system with its institutionally racist challenges like she did. A mission that is all the more important when research suggests that 53% of BME educators do not see themselves in the profession in the next five years.

Since then, she has built a community of Black teachers across the UK and globally to provide networking opportunities, advice, CPD and support and to help all schools who are genuinely committed to inclusivity and addressing prejudice in whatever form it might take. She does not work by blaming or shaming but through highlighting issues in a positive way, asking the difficult questions and always challenging schools to be better for all members of their community.

That instagram live was so good - too many gems were dropped!

This was a great event and I was so glad to be able to attend. Thank you for hosting it!

Apart from her teaching commitments, Rhia also works alongside teachers and leaders to help them navigate issues around racism, bias and microaggressions with a focus on how to create truly diverse spaces where everyone can thrive. 

She has also written for Foundation Stage Forum, Diverse Educators and Schools Week and is about to embark on a book for the Independent Thinking Press.

We are delighted to support Rhia as she speaks out on this important subject, supporting teachers and school leaders to make meaningful change happen, wherever they are on this journey. It is a topic where everyone stands to gain if we get it right, but this will only happen when we are honest enough to face up to the challenges we have and to do something about them.

  • Rhia has been with Independent Thinking since January 2022
  • You'll find her work in our Leadership topic areas
  • Rhia is one of our New Voices

Call us on +44(0)1267 211432 or email learn@independentthinking.co.uk for a chat about Rhia's prices, current availability and how to save money when you book.

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