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This research focuses on the lives and careers of Caribbean teachers who have migrated to the UK through recruitment schemes by the UK government to fill the breach in areas of shortage within UK schools. The first wave of such migration occurred in the 1950s and the second identifiable wave has been in the 1990s. In the case of the first wave, many of these teachers have gone on to become public figures in UK politics and education and have been heralded as exemplars. Media commentaries seem to suggest that what these teachers have brought with them from the Caribbean has contributed to a unique approach to educational policy and practice that is admirable in most cases and different. Other commentaries suggest that some of the classroom practices are not congruent with the social context in which they are occurring. While others point to the idea that Caribbean teachers should position themselves as role models for ‘Afro-Caribbean’ students.

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