Calls for action to increase diversity in top teaching roles

Calls have been made for more diversity in top teaching roles, as figures show just a “handful” in Scotland come from an ethnic minority. The Scotsman reports.

Scottish Government data and Scottish Liberal Democrat freedom of information requests show there were only two BAME head teachers and two deputies in the 19 councils which replied.

The party’s education spokesman Tavish Scott MSP has called for action to tackle the “continuing underrepresentation” in management roles.

He said: “There are in the region of 1,700 primary school head teachers and 350 secondary heads.”

“Our outlook on life is shaped during our school years. The lack of BAME role models in schools, and the long-standing lack of diversity amongst teaching staff, is therefore concerning.”

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “We want BME groups to be better represented in teaching and have engaged with a number of charities, local authorities, ITE providers and other groups to get their views on how to make that happen.”

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