Lewis Hamilton’s charity is launching a partnership aimed at increasing the pool of black science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers in England.
Mission 44, launched by the seven-time Formula One world champion earlier this year, has partnered with Teach First to work on research, mentoring, and marketing campaigns designed to help recruit 150 black STEM teachers to work in disadvantaged communities across the country.
The framework the partnership creates can be adopted by other educational bodies to further improve diversity in the profession. The project follows findings from The Hamilton Commission that highlighted the lack of black STEM teachers as a barrier to students engaging with these subjects.
Speaking about the new partnership, Hamilton said: “We know representation and role models are important across all aspects of society, but especially when it comes to supporting young people’s development. By establishing this partnership, which focuses on identifying the best way to attract black talent to STEM teaching roles, we hope to create a framework the wider education industry can implement. It’s our hope other organizations recruiting teachers will support and join us on our mission to see more diversity in the classroom.”
For more information, visit hamiltoncommission.org/the-report.