1st Edition

The Under-Representation of Black and Minority Ethnic Educators in Education
Chance, Coincidence or Design?

ISBN 9780367508203
Published November 2, 2020 by Routledge
238 Pages

USD $160.00

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Book Description

The Under-Representation of Black and Minority Ethnic Educators in Education evidences that discrimination at an individual, institutional and structural level is still experienced in the leadership of children’s learning. The analysis evaluates the extent to which under-representation is a result of chance, coincidence or design.

Based on original research using a mixed-methods approach, and drawing on Critical Race Theory this book examines the under-representation of Black and minority ethnic (BAME) educators in education. It identifies over 40 separate codes emerging from interviews with BAME leaders in children’s learning. These codes include surveillance, isolation, awareness of their position, the need to be better, professional development, the complexity of racism and the difficulties of talking about racism. The book contributes to educational leadership in questioning the extent to which equitable outcomes can be delivered when the education service is itself a site and source of inequality and discrimination. It brings to front the suppressed narratives of under-representation of people of colour and offers insights based on comprehensive data collection.

This book will be of great interest for academics, researchers, and post-graduate students in the fields of education management and leadership, Critical Race Theory, and the Sociology of Education.

Table of Contents


List of Tables

List of Scrapbooks



Chapter 1 A Personal and a Research Question

Chapter 2 Surveillance, isolation, microaggressions
                and ways of seeing

Chapter 3 Perseverance, Promotion and Professional

Chapter 4 Leadership

Chapter 5 Policy

Chapter 6 Conclusion: Chance, Coincidence or Design?

Chapter 7 Postscript

Appendix 1: A reproduction of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring

Information form cited in Chapter 1 and 3.

Appendix 2: Major education leadership and school improvement texts.

Appendix 3 Interview Schedule.

Appendix 4 The Freedom of Information request form used in the

survey of 152 local authorities.

Appendix 5 Survey Summary Form: Extract from the Microsoft Excel

spread sheet used to collect local authority survey returns.

Appendix 6 Table A to H Survey responses all Questions.

Appendix 7 Summary of workforce monitoring data from sampled

Authorities (Tables 8.1 to 8.7).

Appendix 8 A summary of the areas of and extent of WFM from my

analysis over a three year period May June 2015 to November 2018.

Appendix 9 Statement of intent on the diversity of the teaching

workforce – setting the case for a diverse teaching workforce

Appendix 10 The Scope of the National Strategies:

Appendix 11 Nationality, Immigration and Race Relations Acts of

Parliament since 1945:



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Christopher G. Vieler-Porter, PhD, started out teaching Drama, English and Media Studies in secondary schools before moving into Local Authority Advisory work. He eventually led school improvement in a Local Authority before establishing his own consultancy and undertaking research. He chaired the Association of LEA Advisory Officers for Multicultural Education (ALAOME) and served on a government advisory group looking at BAME underachievement.