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‘Be bold and aim high’ to tackle the lack of diversity in teaching

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Shocking figures about black and minority ethnic (BME) teachers have been highlighted this week.

Currently, just 1.4 per cent of the Scottish teaching workforce comes from a BME background. That’s equivalent to just 672 teachers. BME teachers are also less likely to gain a promotion, holding just 0.6 per cent of promoted posts in Scotland (equivalent to 75 teachers).

This lack of “promotion prospects” is discouraging many from joining teaching, according to a government working group.

Clearly, there’s a problem, so what’s the Scottish government doing about it?

Well, the same government ...

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