i News reports that female teachers complain of widespread ‘biases for white men’ in schools. More than 350 teachers, heads and governors participated in a survey conducted by academics at the University of Nottingham.
Altogether 48 per cent of respondents reported that they had been subjected to discrimination. Sex discrimination was the type most frequently cited, with 22 per cent of people stating they had experienced this.
The third most common type was pregnancy or maternity discrimination, with 13 per cent of respondents stating they had been victimised in this way.
One school leader revealed she had been excluded from her school’s marketing material because she was visibly pregnant.
Many complained at the lack of career progression after returning from maternity leave, with one senior leader saying there was “no proper policy to deal with maternity/career progression” at her multi-academy trust.
Respondents cited widespread “biases for white men”, stating that male colleagues were promoted above better qualified women and that women’s opinions were ignored.
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