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I Heard What You Said Hardcover – 9 Jun. 2022

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This book is essential reading for teachers, those who run educational institutions, parents – but perhaps most of all for those Black children who may be currently going through school not realising why they are made to feel small, out of step and unworthy. For them in particular, it could be a ray of hope. ― Guardian

I Heard What You Said makes a powerful case: until we have rid our educational system of its dominant whiteness (and, dare I say it, maleness) we cannot hope to give all our children (whatever their ethnicity or gender) the educational experience they need and deserve. ― Rt Hon Lady Hale

This is the book I’ve been waiting for and the book every teacher should read. Brave, brutally honest, funny and necessary. Jeffery captures the Black teaching experience in such a powerful and potent way. The book of the year.

Ben Lindsay, CEO/Founder of Power The Fight and author of We Need To Talk About Race

This book is
written with passion, fury, knowledge and, in spite of the painful subject, wit. Do you want to break down entrenched structural racism in schools? Then read this. ― Patrice Lawrence MBE, prize-winning author of Orangeboy

I Heard What You Said is yet another deeply compelling, intellectually rigorous and essential piece of work by Jeffrey Boakye. The more people read this book, the better our education system will be understood and the better it will become. ― Nels Abbey, author of Think Like a White Man

Personal and political, profound and playful, Boakye's sharp analysis of the classroom and the staffroom is essential reading for anyone with a stake in education. A book that should be discussed in every staffroom in the country; send a copy to the Secretary of State for Education!

Darren Chetty, co-author of How to Disagree

I couldn't put it down... Invites us to ponder how we can all change the education system.
I Heard What You Said is a must read. ― Laura Henry-Allain MBE

An incredibly powerful, gripping book; a compelling read for everyone associated with education. It's simultaneously energising, uplifting and optimistic and eye-opening and challenging ... an impassioned call to arms for change in our attitudes, our curriculum and the cultures that permeate the system. I hope it finds its way into every school and is read very widely.

Tom Sherrington (@teacherhead)

It's very rare for me to read a book which both chimes so closely with my values, yet so thoroughly challenges my thinking... I found myself being educated, delighted, saddened, informed, surprised, shocked, touched and enlightened in turn. I Heard What You Said feels at once easy to read, yet challenging to hear. If you are willing to listen to the truths that it exposes, you will come away with your thinking developed. A must-read book.

Sue Cowley is an author, presenter, teacher and internationally renowned trainer, who has written more than 30 bestselling books for teachers

With his
signature blend of endearing wit and engaging prose, Boakye’s I Heard What You Said, is, in equal measure, an incisive excoriation of the British education system’s relationship with race and racism, an illuminating confessional that lays bare the daily tightrope walk Black educators must navigate in order to belong, let alone excel, and the rendering of a praxis, unapologetic yet restorative in nature, that seeks to add substance to the British education claims of integrity and equity. In a time where Black voices are increasingly, and with their whole chest, saying the quiet part out loud, the conversation with Boakye is resounding. ― K. DeMi Ryans

Timely and thought provoking. This brave exposé educates on the oppression and constraints of the British education and schools system. Boakye's signature wittiness and hard hitting facts are woven throughout, whilst exploring experiences and anecdotes on his time as a black teacher.

Leninna Ofori (@healingoverhandbags)

About the Author

Jeffrey Boakye is an author, broadcaster, educator and journalist with a particular interest in issues surrounding race, masculinity, education and popular culture. Originally from Brixton in London, Jeffrey has taught secondary English for fifteen years. He is the author of several books: Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials, and the Meaning of Grime; Black, Listed: Black British Culture Explored; What is Masculinity? Why Does it Matter? And Other Big Questions; Musical Truth: A Musical Journey through Modern Black Britain;and I Heard What You Said. He is also the co-presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Add to Playlist.He now lives in Yorkshire with his wife and two sons.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Picador; Main Market edition (9 Jun. 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1529063744
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1529063745
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 18 years and up
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.5 x 3.8 x 22.3 cm
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