London Metropolitan University Research Institutes


Black and minority ethnic teachers in the UK

Funded by:

the General Teaching Council for England


February 2003 - June 2003

In December 2002 the General Teaching Council for England conducted a survey of all its members, seeking their views on the natures and development of the profession. 70,000 responses were received, representing 11% of the total number of teachers on the GTCE register. The survey was co-sponsored by The Guardian, who published the results (January 2003), and carried out by the MORI organisation.

IPSE were commissioned to analyse the specific characteristics of the minority ethnic teachers who responded to the survey. We used the data to estimate the total size and regional distribution of the minority ethnic teaching workforce, and suggest that there are fewer teachers from these groups than would be expected, and that their distribution across England is uneven, but broadly reflects the settlement patterns of each minority community. Almost half the minority ethnic teachers in England are to be found in the London region.

We looked particularly at issues where ethnic minority teachers have views that differed from the majority of the profession, but also noted that in the great majority of areas teachers from these groups have views very similar from those of white teachers.

Minority ethnic teachers are more likely to have become teachers from a desire to give to the community, and this mission sustains them in their desire to stay in the profession, despite concerns about pay. They are rather more certain that they made the right choice in becoming teachers, and are rather less likely to be thinking of leaving the profession in the next five years: if they are doing so, it is more likely to take up an education-related career or to take further training or study. They see themselves as currently having rather fewer opportunities for professional development, but are keener to take up opportunities for professional development, both within and without the school, than are their white colleagues.


Project Team:

Uvanney Maylor
Jacinta Dalgety
Alistair Ross


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