‘If I can’t see myself there, I can’t imagine myself there’

We need to do more to help attract – and retain – BME teachers in Scotland

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Here are some stats that may surprise people: the number of teachers from black and minority ethnic backgrounds across the whole profession declined from 1.9 per cent of the total workforce in 2011 to 1.3 per cent in 2016, when 639 teachers identified as BME.

Of these, 229 are in the primary sector (1 per cent of the workforce) and 378 are in secondary representing (1.7 per cent). The number of teachers from minority ethnic backgrounds in the special sector is a mere 32 (1.7 per cent). Early indications are that those statistics have not improved for 2017.

The lack of diversity within the ...

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