Ethnic diversity and the teaching workforce
We partnered with Mission 44 in 2021 to build on the findings of the Hamilton Commission, highlighting the lack of representation of Black teachers in STEM.
Some pupils have no experience of a Black teacher throughout their time in school. This lack of representation, particularly in STEM subjects, makes it harder for young Black pupils to engage with these subjects and pursue careers related to them. Furthermore we know that an ethnically diverse teaching workforce benefits everyone, whatever their background.
Teach First partnered with Mission 44 in 2021 to build on the findings of the Hamilton Commission which highlighted the lack of representation of Black teachers in STEM as a key barrier to improving representation of Black people in STEM professions and UK motorsport. We need to improve the diversity of the teaching workforce and break down the barriers that prevent the progression of Black teachers to positions of leadership.
This report summarises research projects we have undertaken with NFER and Mission 44 to understand the challenges in both ITT recruitment, placement and progression to leadership. It also highlights some of the recruitment tools we have developed to attract and support Black STEM applicants, as well as other under-represented ethnic groups.
Download our report to read the findings from the research in full and the recommendations proposed.