Tue 10 May 22
Early analysis released as part of an ongoing research project from the Institute for Social and Economic Research into the factors affecting the retention and recruitment of teachers has found diminishing levels of gender diversity among the teaching profession, and low levels of ethnic minority representation at both teacher and senior leader levels in schools.
Using the latest data from the School Workforce Census (SWC) Dr Joshua Fullard, Lecturer in the Department of Economics and ISER PhD researcher Hester Burn analyse the trends in the diversity of the school workforce in state funded schools in England since the 2010 public sector pay freeze. They find that the number of male teachers has fallen, and that 24.1 percent of schools do not have a male classroom teacher. Furthermore, 46.5 percent of schools do not have a male senior leader. The number of teachers from an ethnic minority background has increased year on year but the rate of change is slow and further work needs to be done before the school workforce is representative of the pupils they teach. 60 percent of schools do not have a teacher from an ethnic minority background while 87.8 percent do not have an ethnic minority senior leader.
Dr Fullard said: “Over the last decade teachers’ wages have fallen in real terms by more than 9 percent. Indeed, our recent evidence suggests that 3 in 10 classroom teachers would be financially better off if they left the profession. This may have implications for teacher recruitment and retention as well as the composition of the school workforce. Our analysis of the latest data shows a fall in male teaching staff and a lack of ethnic diversity in the teaching and senior leadership teams at many schools, especially in the North East and South West.”
Read the Institute for Social and Economic Research Explainer on Does it pay to be a teacher