Dr Rowena Arshad

Everyday racism must not be part of teachers’ lives

Black and minority ethnic teachers should not suffer discrimination and isolation

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The teaching workforce in Scotland remains predominantly white, female and monolingual, and this profile has remained fairly constant over the years. Scottish government statistics for teachers in 2016 record that 94 per cent were white UK, white British or white other, 1 per cent minority ethnic and 5 per cent not disclosed – with little variation among sectors. These demographics do not match the increasing diversity of pupils found in Scottish classrooms.

It could be argued that the demographics should not matter, provided we are improving each teacher’s understanding and ability to adapt ...

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