Researchers reveal there are just 18 black teachers in Liverpool and warn of a “crisis in representation”

The TES is reporting that according to a new study Liverpool, a city with one of the longest-established black populations in Europe, has a teaching workforce that fails to reflect its ethnic make-up.

Researchers Marie Charles and William Boyle used Freedom of Information requests to reveal that there are just 18 black teachers in Liverpool, a figure which has remained largely unchanged for 30 years.

This compares to 3,380 white teachers. The researchers say there should be 90 black teachers, if the local population was proportionally represented, and say that more should be done by the city council and schools to support black teachers in Liverpool… 

“There is more power in the hands of schools and they have the power to change their workforce patterns,” said Ms Charles, an education research consultant.

“We know there are mechanisms for individuals to use to improve diversity, but they are not utilising them, they are accepting the status quo. This [research] is about taking a unified approach to this crisis and I’m not being dramatic, it is a crisis in terms of teacher representation.”

The paper ‘How can only 18 black teachers working in Liverpool represent a diverse teaching workforce? A critical narrative’ details some of the experiences of black teachers in Liverpool ranging from being called the n-word to being shunned. It was published in the International Journal of Inclusive Education last month.

Liverpool is identified by the researchers as having “minimal black representation” in all departments of the council workforce…

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No doubt not just an issue in Liverpool?

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  1. T74L

    SchoolsImprove crisis of representation is much broader with just 16% of teachers in primary school men and 1 in 4 all female staff.

  2. wasateacher

    T74L SchoolsImprove but what proportion of those men become heads as opposed to the proportion of women who become heads?  The issue of male teachers in primary schools has not been shown to be as a result of discrimination.  However, the lack of black teachers can be shown to be, when in employment or in education.

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