Henry Hepburn

‘It’s time to tackle racism in the teaching profession’

Poll shows white staff are twice as likely to be promoted as their BME colleagues

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Concerns that low numbers of black and minority ethnic teachers in Scottish schools are a sign of unsupportive working environments have been raised before – typically, however, they have been based on anecdote rather than empirical data.

Now research from Scotland’s biggest council has cast new light on ethnic diversity in the teaching profession – with the findings prompting one expert to call for employers to “stop sliding away” from confronting racism and “old pals” networks.

Glasgow City Council researchers surveyed 490 staff across all school sectors and 513 secondary pupils, and also ...

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