Concerns that School Direct is not recruiting enough ethnic minority trainees

The TES is reporting that concerns have been raised that the government’s own teacher training programme is not recruiting enough trainees from ethnic minorities…

A Freedom of Information request obtained by TES has revealed figures that show Asian trainee teachers are almost twice as likely to be on a university course than in the government’s School Direct scheme, which gives schools the responsibility for recruiting their own trainees.

According to statistics from September 2013, Asian students made up 7 per cent of trainees in universities compared to just 4 per cent on School Direct.

The proportion of black students was 2 per cent for all routes, while 3 per cent of university-based trainees described themselves as mixed race compared to only 2 per cent of those on School Direct…

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, said the figures showed black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds were “critically underrepresented” among teachers.

“The findings from the FOI demonstrate the urgent need for systematic ethnic monitoring of the teacher workforce, not only at the recruitment stage but throughout the careers of BME teachers,” Ms Keates said.

“We are concerned that those responsible for the management of School Direct at school level may not be adequately prepared for their key role in securing a diverse and inclusive teaching profession…

The current teaching force is 93.3 per cent white, according to DfE statistics. Teachers from an Indian background make up the next largest proportion accounting for 1.6 per cent of teachers…

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