Findings prompt call for educators to ‘stop sliding away’ from confronting racism.

Research has identified widespread concern about the lack of promotion opportunities for black and minority ethnic (BME) teachers in Scotland.

Glasgow City Council researchers, who surveyed 490 staff across all school sectors and 513 secondary pupils, found a big divide in how BME and white teachers viewed career prospects in the profession.

Teachers categorised as “white Scottish/white other” were twice as likely as their BME colleagues to have been appointed to a promoted post, while BME survey respondents were “much less likely” to have been encouraged by their manager to apply for promotion.

The report, Ethnic Diversity in the Teaching Profession: a Glasgow perspective, also reveals a huge divide along ethnic lines in how teachers view the scale of the problems faced by BME teachers. Three-quarters of BME survey participants felt that promoted posts were difficult to obtain for teachers from minority ethnic backgrounds, compared with less than 10 per cent of white teachers.

And while 66 per cent of BME respondents considered potential discrimination from colleagues to be a deterrent to becoming a teacher, only 11 per cent of white respondents agreed.

Concerns were also raised about discrimination beyond the school gates, with one surveyed Pakistani primary teacher saying the current “political climate is a huge hindrance for Muslim teachers”.


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