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Equality and Diversity Leadership Fund

Why the Fund Exists

Today the teaching workforce is more diverse than ever before. This reflects the increasing diversity of the country and its pupil population. Yet data shows that amongst others, women and ethnic minority teachers remain under-represented at senior levels:

  • 8% of teachers come from ethnic minority backgrounds, but only 3% of headteachers come from ethnic minority backgrounds
  • 74% of teachers are women, but only 66% of headteachers are women

Research also suggests that there is more to do to support teachers from the LGBT community.

Disabled teachers can often face barriers to career progression.

Under-representation is an issue amongst governors and trustees also. Only 4% of governors and trustees are from an ethnic minority background and although the majority of governors and trustees are women, it is less likely they will be in leadership roles.

The Leadership Equality and Diversity Fund exists to support practical programmes to address these challenges and extend opportunity.

Click here to download the DfE Statement of Intent to increase diversity in the teaching workforce.

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Northern Star Academies Trust

Northern lights school centred initial teacher training