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Diversity of the teaching workforce: statement of intent

A statement setting out the Department for Education’s commitment to increasing the diversity of the teaching workforce.

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On October 11 the government announced its ambition to increase the proportion of public sector leaders from an ethnic minority background, so that the public sector workforce is fully representative of the communities it serves.

The Department for Education (DfE) also recognises the importance of a diverse teaching workforce.

Approximately a quarter of school age students come from an ethnic minority background, and a more representative teaching workforce will ensure schools are inclusive and cohesive environments.

DfE is committed to addressing the issue of underrepresentation in the teaching workforce.

A number of groups from across the schools sector are joining this commitment by co-signing the DfE’s statement of intent, and have set out activity they will seek to deliver in the coming months in the document ‘Commitments and activity to be delivered by the statement of intent co-signatories’.

Share your intention to join this commitment and work with DfE by emailing teacher.diversity@education.gov.uk.

We also encourage all schools, multi-academy trusts (MATs) and relevant bodies to join the Department for Education by signing the ‘Race at Work Charter’ developed by Business in the Community.

This charter, signed by employers across the private and public sectors, commits to ensuring that we recruit from the widest pool of talent and help people to progress in an inclusive environment.

Published 11 October 2018