Scottish Liberal Democrats have revealed damning statistics showing that Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic teachers do not occupy any of the top positions in Scotland’s primary, secondary or special schools.
Figures published by the Scottish Government and highlighted by the Lib Dems have shown that despite tens of thousands of BAME pupils at schools across Scotland, there are no BAME head teachers or depute head teachers at either primary, secondary or special schools. The figures showed that there were only 18 BAME principal teachers out of 5,403 secondary principal teachers.
Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:
“It is almost beyond belief that there is not one single BAME teacher occupying any top position in any school in Scotland.
“Despite tens of thousands of BAME pupils in primary and secondary schools up and down the country, there are no BAME head teachers or depute head teachers. There are only a small number of BAME principal teachers – some 18 out of a total of 5,580 secondary school principal teachers.
“It remains too often the case that those holding top jobs in most sectors are not reflective of the diverse nature of our society.
“By better reflecting our diversity at primary and secondary education level we can make a positive change which lasts for generations.
“This is a staggering revelation. It warrants a detailed response from Scottish ministers.”