A SHORTAGE of black teachers is leading to a lack of role models for children from all backgrounds, the NUT conference heard yesterday.
More than 14 per cent of the British population are from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities but BME school teachers represent just half this figure.
“We want our classrooms to reflect society,” said NUT general secretary Christine Blower.
“Black teachers — in the classroom, at middle management and leadership level — can act as role models for all children.
“There is concern, however, about the under-representation of BME within the profession. Schools need more BME teachers in senior leadership positions and as school leaders.
“The factors that affect the promotion prospects of BME teachers must be addressed by the government.”
She highlighted that while black teachers share the concerns of their colleagues in the classroom, far too many still come up against prejudice and barriers not faced by white teachers.