Today (October 11) the Department for Education (DfE) has committed to address the issue of underrepresentation in the teaching workforce.
The Chartered College, along with groups from across the teaching profession are supporting this commitment, and have co-signed the DfE’s statement of intent,
Professor Dame Alison Peacock, CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching said:
“The important role schools play in supporting community cohesion is needed now more than ever. With our communities becoming more diverse, schools need to reflect the areas where their pupils grow up. The positive impact of visible role models on young people from different backgrounds cannot be underestimated, it can help encourage pupils – no matter their ethnicity, gender or sexuality – to embrace who they are and be the best that they can be.
However, if teaching is to reflect our communities, teachers from different backgrounds need to see that they will have the opportunities to enter the profession and, importantly, have the same opportunities for progression and leadership. At the Chartered College we don’t want to see the best teachers running into the closed doors of leadership because of their gender, ethnicity or sexuality. We want schools and pupils to benefit from teacher and leaders from all walks of life. That’s why the Chartered College is happy to support this drive for a more diverse workforce. We stand ready to work with the profession – through our Leadership Develop Advisory Group and elsewhere – to ensure that in the 21st century we no longer see a disparity between the diversity of our pupils and the diversity of our teachers and leaders.”