Best Practice

Achieving workforce diversity (while avoiding tokenism)

How do we create meaningful representation in our schools? Hannah Wilson, director of the Diverse Educators network, advises how we can diversify our workforce while avoiding tokenism

The lack of visible diversity and racial representation across the teaching profession has been highlighted during the past 12 months or so and there has been an increased focus on the need to diversify the teaching workforce.

This has led to incidents of calling out and calling in when organisations and teams are not diverse. There has been a lot of scrutiny of different groups such as trust boards, local governing boards and senior leadership teams that are not visibly diverse – although we must also remind ourselves that some diversity is not visible.

So, there has been a lot of noise about diversifying the workforce and redressing the imbalances – but has there been a lot of action?

Register now, read forever

Thank you for visiting Headteacher Update and reading some of our content for professionals in primary education. Register now for free to get unlimited access to all content.

What's included:

  • Unlimited access to news, best practice articles and podcasts

  • New content and e-bulletins delivered straight to your inbox every Monday


Already have an account? Sign in here