IMMEDIATE 5 April 2015 Senior Leadership Positions Commenting after the debate on Motion 37, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said: “We want our classrooms to reflect society. At present, 14.1% of the population are from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities but only 7% of teachers are BME. 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. “Black teachers, of course, share the concerns of their colleagues in the classroom but far too many still come up against prejudice and barriers not faced by white teachers. The NUT Black Teachers’ Conference attracts large numbers each year, as Black teachers come together to celebrate cultural diversity, to develop their professional practice and to challenge racism. “The NUT believes all black teachers should have access to high quality professional development such as its own ‘Equal Access to Promotion’ and ‘Aspiring to Leadership’ courses.” END pr68-2015 For further information contact the NUT Press Office on 07734537670. During the Easter period this will be diverted to an appropriate member of staff at NUT Annual Conference. Please click here if you wish to unsubscribe from this mailing list.