- Strategic framework
- Higher education
- Adult education
- Vocational education and training
- Education and migrants
- International cooperation and policy dialogue
The European Commission has just published a new study on the diversity within the teaching profession with regard to migrant and/or minority background. Although data is limited, teaching staff with migrant and minority backgrounds are underrepresented compared to the actual diversity of learners in many European countries.
The study identifies and analyses the existing statistical data, explores the prevalence of the different barriers to teacher diversity, maps the policies and initiatives implemented across Europe and examines the evidence on the effectiveness of the policies.
The teaching profession should reflect the diversity of society. This is because:
We therefore need to promote a more diverse teaching force and eliminate obstacles for under-represented groups, including migrants, to enter teacher education and the profession (and stay).
Increasing teacher diversity is desirable, but must be part of a wider strategy to help schools address increasing diversity in the classroom (this must involve targeting all teachers and their practice).
The current refugee crisis
In countries with large numbers of newly arrived migrants and refugees, there is an interest in involving qualified teachers from among these groups (the Study gives some pointers, e.g. on the recognition of diplomas)
The study was written by Vicki Donlevy, Anja Meierkord and Aaron Rajania (Ecorys).