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Headteachers (Black and Minority Ethnic Backgrounds) Oral Question, 16/06/15 [S]

During Topical Question Time on 16 June 2015 Liam McArthur (LD) asked the Scottish Government what its response is to figures suggesting that there are no head or deputy headteachers from black or minority ethnic backgrounds.

The Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, Alasdair Allan, replied that the Government  is committed to equality. The Scottish Government want to see a diverse education workforce that reflects Scottish society. Statistics indicate that around 2 per cent of the teaching workforce and around 1 per cent of individuals in promoted posts are from a black or minority ethnic background. As employers, local authorities have the responsibility of ensuring that their recruitment practices are fair and inclusive, and the Scottish Government is committed to working with local authorities on this matter.


For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 16 June 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 16 June 2015