|OP9: Becoming a head teacher: Perceptions of black and minority ethnic (BME) aspirants|
|Friday, 15 October 2010|
Approximately 10% of teachers are from a BME background in England, although in London, the figure is 40% in Inner London and 27% in Outer London (DfES 2006). However, the percentage of teachers from BME backgrounds in every area is smaller than the proportion of primary and secondary pupils that they teach. For example in Outer London the percentage of BME pupils is just over 50%.
Although it is difficult to obtain figures relating to the proportion of BME leaders in education, e.g. heads and deputy heads, in a national survey of head teachers of all phases (Coleman 2005a) 96% indicated that they were white, and in the large scale survey relating to teachers' careers (Powney et al, 2003) ethnicity and gender were seen to have a large impact on promotion. While over a third of white males and 20% of white females held a promoted post, only nine percent of BME males and 5% of BME females held the higher status positions.
In the context of the relative lack of BME staff in leadership roles in schools the course ‘Investing in Diversity' has been established in London for some years and is now starting in Leeds. There are plans for it to be rolled out elsewhere in England.